Resonances... Correspondences... Harmonies... Permeating the horizon... Inscribing the sky...
The exceptional object that will be Gazprom's imposing head office in Saint Petersburg must be perceived, viewed and experienced as an enhancement of the city, as a deepening of its characteristics.
In architecture, the future is always built in reference to a past that remains present, and which also has a future, especially when the past has the prestige and splendour of Saint Petersburg's monuments, and the future has the strength and ambition of Gazprom.
It is impossible, in this context, to arrive with some generic globalized architecture, or some academic replication of historic forms.
The answer is in the diversity of Saint Petersburg's skies, in the reflections on the Neva, the vertical streaks that punctuate the city, the shadows cast by the sun as it sinks behind a flat horizon, where rows of trees create depth.
The building's bulk is erased by transparency and reflections. The vertical structure celebrates thinness, stretching into a horizontal band that runs alongside the river, creating interior walkways, long belvederes that look out across the city, giving those who will work there a perpetual view of their city of Saint Petersburg under a changing sky.
Gazprom marks the city with a new type of high rise architecture, which rejects the discontinuity of towers that sprout like sticks in new business districts, and offers instead linear forms penetrated by light.
STATUS Unbuilt. 2005
LOCATION Saint Petersbourg, Russie
CLIENT Gazprom Neft invest
ARCHITECTURAL TEAM Jean NOUVEL - Ateliers Jean Nouvel
ARCHITECTURAL CREATION STRUCTURE Gaston TOLILA
PROJECT LEADERS Mathieu FOREST, Elizabeth KATHER (urban project)
ARCHITECTS Claude GODEFROY, Grégoire DEFRANCE, Nicolas GROSMOND, Kirsi MARJAMAKI MAS, Pedro DINIS RODRIGUES, Philip HECKHAUSEN, Nobuo YOSHIDA, Lucia MARTI, Mickaela STOYANOVA, Eric NULMAN, Vincent LAUREAU, Kiyomi SUZUKI, Paul-Emmanuel LOIRET, Sylvie ERARD, Nikita SERGIENKO, Toshihiro KUBOTA
GRAPHICS Natalie SACCU DE FRANCHI, Eugénie ROBERT, Rafaelle ISHKINAZI, Elise TAPONIER
LANDSCAPE Emma BLANC, Irène DJAO RAKITINE, Rémy TURQUIN
IMAGES DE SYNTHESE Didier GHISLAIN, Jean ANGELINI, Mitzu KISHI, George BATZIOS, Manal RACHDI
MODELS Jean-Marc KURCZEWSKI, Jean-Louis COURTOIS, Patrick CHRISTMANN
ENGINEERS ARUP London (Paul NUTTAL)
Structure/façades /security : ARUP london (Paul Nuttal)
Sustainability: Transsolar (Matthias Schuller)
Mecanics : OTHEM, (Pascal Wiechetek)
CONTRACT TYPE International Competition
PROGRAM Gazprom Headquarters
GROSS FLOOR AREA 240 000 m2