Brief description of the concept

Gorskaya Haven is a new development area of St Petersburg, where business, culture, education and recreation come together in harmony.
Several clusters form a unique and dynamically developing space where not only residents of Gorskaya, but also residents and guests of St Petersburg can rest comfortably and work efficiently.

The Museum of the Elements will be the main landmark. The iconic image of the exhibition will be the world's largest artificial whirlpool. The Light-industrial zone offers opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses through a variety of areas for storage and small-scale wholesale. The IT cluster zone with office spaces, science labs and classrooms is aimed at attracting technology companies and IT-oriented universities. The recreational cluster will house a hotel complex with a coastal hotel building. The recreational cluster will house a hotel complex with a coastal hotel building.

The main public space in Gorskaya will be the promenade with the multi-level landscaping, which will protect the recreational areas from the wind.

Inside Gorskaya Harbour, priority will be given to pedestrians and personal mobility devices such as bicycles and scooters. Public spaces between the buildings in the IT-cluster and light industrial zones are organized like green corridors that lead to the embankment and open areas on the Gulf of Finland. The environmental concept of the project aims at revitalising the entire natural complex of the area. Water drainage system with drainage ditches, bioponds and rain gardens will be used throughout the Gorskaya area.

A distinguishing feature of the overall project is the high degree of flexibility of the planned spaces: they can change their function depending on demand and market conditions.

The Haven is a safe place to wait out a storm.

Brief description of the concept

Functional areas of the project

1. Territory of the environmental fleet with a berth.

2. Site of the “dam museum”

3. Light Industrial Zone

4. Innovation Center

5. Hotel cluster

Light-industrial zone - logistics terminals, assembly plants, exhibition areas, shops, united by two-level streets. The first level is car, the second is pedestrian. Shops, cafes and restaurants will be located on the seafront. In the center of the composition is an open amphitheater with a concert stage. Area 318,000 m2.

Innovation Center - scientific and technical laboratories for the creation of innovative technologies: medicine and biology, environmentally friendly and resource-saving energy, new industrial materials and much more. Light classrooms, laboratories, lecture halls. Three-story buildings with cozy courtyards, united by wide glass corridors that protect from bad weather. Area 128,000 m2.

Hotel cluster - three multifunctional hotel complexes. The number of rooms is about a thousand rooms. Area 71 800 m2.

Sports hotel including a swimming pool, gyms, sports equipment rentals, exercise rooms, coaching facilities

Spa hotel with a wide range of entertainment and services: spa, swimming pools, fitness centers, restaurants and cafes.

Business hotel with conference rooms, exhibition space, meeting rooms and places for remote work.

The high-rise dominant of the entire urban composition will be a museum, a cultural center with an observation deck at a height of 42 meters.


Brief description of the concept

Capitalizing on the natural assets
The project site is located at the interface of urban and resort development, where the built-up area verges on the coastal buffer zone. We propose to capitalize on the geographical location of the site – the misty coast of the Baltic sea – and use it as a new point of attraction. Foggy destinations have been gaining in popularity in countries with hot climates, and for the enthusiasts Gorskaya may become a new landmark. For domestic tourism, we have envisaged a year-round operation of the site with a focus on providing rich sporting experiences. Yachtsmen have already taken a fancy to this area, which now has a great potential for establishing a prominent sailing school and a yacht club. In addition, we propose the development of winter sports in the area, with the potential to establish academies focusing on different athletic disciplines. As a result, Gorskaya may become a Mecca for professional and amateur athletes from all over Russia and the world.

Modularity, adaptability, sustainability
We chose the path of least interference with the existing landscape as the main strategy for area management and favoured the design solutions that support sustainable development. According to the concept, the entire Gorskaya area is covered by a grid, which divides it into units, while ensuring free passage of pedestrians and vehicles. A promenade graces the entire waterfront, and the museum and innovation centre become focal points shaping the seaside skyline in this part of the city. We preserve as much of the coastal vegetation on the furthest side of the site as possible, while designing there an area with a SPA hotel, an innovation centre and a natural park, and allocating the land closest to the highway for the busier light-industrial zone.

Past experiences of the place
The dam museum becomes a significant highlight of the area. Its deceptively simple shape harbours spaces offering rich functionality and invites visitors to explore the history and the important role of the city dam. Museum guests may enhance their experience by visiting the viewpoint, designed for better observation on a lower level and in front of the museum, and to see for themselves how the dam holds back the water.



Selection of the optimum architectural and urban planning solutions for Gorskaya territory in St. Petersburg, Russia, revealing a promising development model, given the established potential.


Representatives of the state authorities of St. Petersburg, Russia, experts in the sphere of architecture and urban planning, integrated development of territories, economics and spatial planning, marketing and communications, technologies and innovations, as well as the representatives of Megaline, the initiator and main client of the competition.


During Stage 1 three finalists will be selected based on their submitted portfolios and essays. During Stage 2 the finalists will develop their competition proposals.


  • Open
  • International
  • Two-stage

Prize fund

Three finalists selected to develop competition proposals will be awarded 2 000 000 rubles each, including all taxes and fees.

Following the second Jury meeting, the finalists will receive an additional payment according to their ranking place:

1st place
4 000 000 rubles
2nd place
3 000 000 rubles
3rd place
2 000 000 rubles
Total prize fund of the competition
15 000 000 rubles


  • 19 November Press conference. Competition announced                
  • 8 December Application submission starts
  • 14 December Kick-off webinar for potential participants
  • 19 January Application submission closes
  • 3 February Jury meeting. 3 finalists selected
  • 14 – 16 March Kick-off seminar for finalists in St. Petersburg
  • 16 May Concept submission closes
  • 8 June Jury Meeting. Presentation of the finalists' competition proposals. Winner selected

Competition territory

Most-populated city
in Russia
159 ha
Area for consideration
City founded
126.8 ha
Competition area
5,3 million people
35 mins
To the city center
3,838 people/sq. km
Population density
20 mins
To Sestroretsk


Gennady Korupyatnik

General Director of Megaline LLC, Chairman of the Jury

Alexandr Lomakin

First Deputy Minister of Construction and Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation

Vladislav Gudz

Deputy Chairman of the St. Petersburg Investment Committee

Tatiana Zhuravleva

Director of Life Quality Practices, Agency for Strategic Initiatives

Anna Prozorova

Head of the Department of Real Estate and Investments of Lakhta Plaza LLC

Guy Eames

Chairman of the Green Building Council RuGBC

Chen Hong

Executive Director of Planning, Managing Director of Hangzhou Planning and Design Centre, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers

Andrey Bokov

Vice President of the International Academy of Architecture (IAA)

Taisiya Volftrub

President of the Association of Landscape Architects of Russia (ALAROS)

Sergei Mityagin

Director of the Institute of Design and Urban Studies at ITMO University

Sergey Oreshkin

General Director of the architectural bureau A. Len

Alexey Novikov

Managing Partner of Knight Frank

Andrey Shpilenko

Director of the Association of clusters, technology parks and SEZ of Russia

* Organizer may introduce changes to the competition jury


Ekaterina Khmeleva

Head of the Municipal Formation Lisiy Nos Settlement

Yuri Vissarionov

1st Vice President of the International Academy of Architecture in Moscow (IAA-MAAM), member of the Board of the Union of Moscow Architects

Maria Elkina

Architecture critic

Inna Krylova

Director and curator of the School of Heritage, curator of the research and popularization project MosPromArt

Ekaterina Manzhula

Director of "Competence Center of the Leningrad Region"

Maria Tinika

Co-founder of the project "Trees of Petersburg"

Angelina Davydova

Environmental journalist, director of the Bureau of Environmental Information

Alexander Kraevsky


Lyudmila Malkis

Architectural producer and publicist, founder of

Evgeny Podgornov

Member of the Expert Group at the City Planning Council under the Government of St. Petersburg

Yuri Shevchuk

Chairman of the public organization "North-West Green Cross"

* Organizer may introduce changes to the expert council
The jury of the international competition will announce the finalists of the first stage of the competition for the development of “Gorskaya”
The Open International Competition for Architectural and Urban Development Solutions for Gorskaya Territory
Competition: Gorskaya, St Petersburg



Press conference. Selection of finalists
Jury Meeting
Orientation webinar
Press conference dedicated to the start of the Open International Competition
Signing of road maps of the Gorskaya and Transport Interchange Hubs projects


Ex Arsenale de La Maddalena, La Maddalena, Italy

Ex Arsenale de La Maddalena, La Maddalena, Italy
The tourist complex is located on the coast of the Italian island of Sardinia.

The project of the complex was developed as part of the revitalization of the embankment in order to increase its tourist attractiveness. A ho-tel, a well-maintained embankment and conference halls are located on the transformed territory.

The architectural exterior of the complex is designed taking into ac-count the specifics of the territory - earlier this harbor was used as a berth for naval vessels. The main goal of the architects was to create a space reflecting the specifics of the Mediterranean landscapes and the identity of the territory.

Glass and basalt were used as the main materials. The project is also aimed at environmental sustainability, which is reflected in the use of photovoltaic batteries and a high glazing area for greater penetration of natural light.

The Waterfront Pavilion – Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, Australia

The Waterfront Pavilion – Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, Australia
The pavilion of the Australian National Maritime Museum is located at South Darling Harbor in Sydney, Australia.

The museum building connects two ships from different sides, to which all visitors have access - there are also various exhibitions located in-side. Such a location of the museum allows it to be integrated into the environment as much as possible.

The pavilion design was developed based on the museum theme: it is intended to highlight its industrial specifics. In addition, emphasis was placed on a modern and concise exterior, which made it possible to re-vitalize the surrounding area. The interior design also emphasizes the military-industrial character of the museum.

Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport, Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport, Glasgow, Scotland
The Transport Museum is located on the Pointhouse Embankment in the restored harbour area of Glasgow.

The museum is located on the site of the former A. & J. Inglis shipyard on the north bank of the Clyde River. Inside the museum building there are not only exhibition halls, but also cafes, educational and retail premises.

The main idea of the project was to create a facility that would connect the river with the city, a kind of "transparent corridor". Thus, the museum positions itself as an open and functional facility with the inclusion of the environment context and content in the architectural exterior.

Now the museum is not only a tourist attraction, but also a place of at-traction for residents on a previously unattractive section of the city's harbor.

B.I.G Haizhu Bay Creative Zone, Guangzhou,China

B.I.G Haizhu Bay Creative Zone, Guangzhou,China
The cluster is located by the Pearl River in the capital of the Chinese province of Guangdong - the city of Guangzhou.

Before the redevelopment, the territory was used as a raw material re-serve and a production base for large state-owned chemical enter-prises. The decision to renovate these areas was made in connection with the transfer of industry to other areas. The main idea of the pro-ject is to create a space that unites scientific and technological innova-tions, business, creative industries and tourism.

The cluster includes:
- Large public space - a park facing the river;
- Commercial premises located throughout the cluster;
- Offices of creative industries and workshops;
- Local public spaces and tourist attractions (skate park, photo zones, basketball court, art installations, etc.).

HafenCity, Hamburg, Germany

HafenCity, Hamburg, Germany
HafenCity district is a former port area on the banks of the Elbe River in the German city of Hamburg. This is an ambitious development pro-ject to create a "district of the future" on the site of the port territories, which is currently in the process of being implemented.

The key goal of this project is to revitalize the port areas and transform them into an urban multifunctional quarter. As a result, it is planned to create green public spaces, business areas, as well as residential prem-ises. About 45,000 jobs are expected to be created during the project implementation.

The industrial infrastructure of the territory is being transformed into cultural, hotel and service infrastructure facilities (museums, tourist centers, etc.).

The project was developed taking into account the division of the terri-tory into functional zones, as well as flexible design rules. This will allow you to change certain decisions during the implementation of the pro-ject, which is designed for 25 years.
Ex Arsenale de La Maddalena, La Maddalena, Italy
The Waterfront Pavilion – Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, Australia
Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport, Glasgow, Scotland
B.I.G Haizhu Bay Creative Zone, Guangzhou,China
HafenCity, Hamburg, Germany