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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, the St. Isaac’s, Kazan, and Peter and Paul cathedrals – these are all names familiar to anyone who’s even barely begun exploring St. Petersburg. But look beyond the go-to tourist spots and you’ll discover a kaleidoscope of churches and temples that illustrate the city’s rich heritage as a capital of the Russian Empire. Here are some of St. Petersburg’s lesser-known, but still no less remarkable, cathedrals, temples, and churches for you to check out.
The architectural plan for the ITMO Highpark innovations center has been shortlisted for the 2019 World Architecture Festival Award. A total of 534 projects from 70 countries made it to the list of potential winners, competing for the Grand Prix and the title of “Building of the Year”.
The architectural bureau RTDA, which developed the general architectural plan for the ITMO Highpark innovations center, has won the prestigious A’ Design Award & Competition for their concept of the new ITMO University campus. A’ Design Award is an annual prize that recognizes the best projects on the concept stage, as well as prototypes and finished products already represented on the market. The award is conferred in over 100 nominations in the field of design.
At the turn of the 20th century, the Art Nouveau style emerged in Europe, characterized by delicate, elaborate ornamentation, balanced asymmetry, and extensive use of floral motifs and sinuous curving lines. In St. Petersburg, this architectural nouvelle vague was aided by the National Romantic movement that flourished in other Scandinavian countries, giving rise to quirky yet stunning buildings that went on to become the city’s best-known landmarks.
The developments in Russia’s political, social and economic life in the mid-19th century caused the crisis of Classicism and the rise of Eclecticism, which dramatically transformed the face of the city.
The end of the 18th century saw the decline of Baroque architecture and the rise of a new style, Classicism. The brightly colored, wedding-cake buildings of the olden style were replaced by sophisticated designs inspired by the elegance and poise of the Classical Antiquity. St. Petersburg, too, was engulfed in this Europe-wide architectural vogue, which resulted in a wealth of architectural masterpieces.
On November 17, the first session of ITMO Highpark’s international expert council was held as part of the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. The discussion revolved around proposed architectural and planning solutions for ITMO University’s innovative new campus in the Yuzhny satellite city, in the Pushkinsky District of St. Petersburg. Design concepts were showcased by bureaus from the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and Russia. After reviewing the proposals, the international expert council is expected to pick one that will determine the future look of ITMO Highpark.
With its incredible mix of medieval, gothic, Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Soviet and contemporary architecture, Riga can be rightfully called the city of contrasts.
The Northern Venice, the City of White Nights, the Cradle of Three Revolutions, Petrograd, Leningrad, and Cultural Capital, St. Petersburg has many names and is known worldwide as one of the most beautiful European cities, first and foremost, thanks to its incredible history and majestic architecture. No matter how long you’ve been living in St. Petersburg, it’s nice to have your architectural styles down, isn’t it? So in this series of articles, you will learn all about St. Petersburg’s architectural gems and their creators, from Baroque to modern times.
Specialists from ITMO’s Department of Engineering and Computer Graphics and the Design and Multimedia Center will create a 3D reconstructed version of the Feodorovsky Settlement in Tsarskoe Selo. The ensemble was constructed in 1917 on orders of the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II and was intended to serve as a “live” museum of the Russian architectural style. The interiors, however, were lost during World War II. Now, thanks to virtual technology, they will be recreated and made available to all. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Roerich Family Museum-Institute, Russian Academy of Arts’ restoration workshop and I.P. Shmelev’s architecture workshop.