The new 'Business Hub' is a multifunctional cluster comprising three
building volumes and a patio, located in the periphery of St. Petersburg.
It is part of a commercial zone that forms the edge of an industrial
area next to an adjoining residential neighbourhood.|
The client’s request for a multifunctional, flexible programming of
rentable space, led to the proposal of a modular building constellation.
The design comprises a permanent building, made of concrete, and two
identical, temporary steel buildings that are connected by an atrium.
The design approach allows for a substantial extension of the useable
surface from 2.000 to 5.000m2. Therefore, the Business Hub can efficiently
respond to future changes and
adaptions to accommodate the varying needs of new tenants. The temporary
buildings can be disassembled, transported and reused on a different
The constellation of buildings is implemented into a landscape design
that anticipates on all logistic requirements while providing a pleasant
environment. Herein, the patio as communal green space has a special
function. Being an integral part of the permanent building, it guarantees
a volumetric balance
between the permanent and temporary development. Also, the patio provides
an inviting entrance to the complex and potentially can become a meeting
point for the closer neighbourhood.
The uniform treatment of all facades, including the patio, strengthens
the idea that all elements together form a greater entity. As applicable,
the metal sheet cladding is finely perforated and works like a curtain
- creating opposite perceptions from inside and outside / during daytime
and nighttime. At nightfall, the site transforms into a mysteriously
illuminated landmark of the area.