The ‘PlatForm’ competition results unveiled

Saint-Petersburg | 06.12.2016
On November 29 in Petersburg, decisions were announced by ‘PlatForm’, the open young architects’ competition for the project of a public transportation station on the territory of “Colourful City”, a residential complex being built by the LSP Group in the Krasnogvardeisky neighbourhood of St. Petersburg. The competition was organised by the LSP Group and Project Baltia magazine. The meeting of the jury, as well as the press conference, took place at the exhibition of the short list of the competition at Alexandrinsky Theatre’s New Stage from November 22nd to November 30th.

Ninety-nine projects from various cities in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Simferopol, Irkutsk, Rostov-on-Don, Novosibirsk, Belgorod, Nizhnevartovsk, Vladikavkaz, and Perm), together with those of other countries (Austria, Argentina, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Kosovo, Georgia, Belarus, Japan, Iran, Togo, Lithuania, Brazil, Lebanon, Germany, Finland, Mexico, Norway, Slovakia, France, and Spain) were considered by the competition’s expert council. This expert council chose 10 projects for demonstration at the exhibition on the second floor of the Alexandrinsky Theatre’s New Stage. As a result of a thorough examination of the works, the following projects were chosen under the headings:

“A Bow to the Status Quo”,

“Form Follows Form, Not Function”,

“Urban Living Room”,

“Cult Stop”,

“Between the Stars”,

“Library Bus Stop”,


“Rhythmic Rise”,

“A Room for Lost Time”,


[this one was the alternate to the original “Buffer”, which was disqualified because of the violation of anonymity].

In addition, at the exhibition, a slide show displayed the long list of competitors, consisting of 35 works.

Included in the council of experts were: Oxana Androsova, head of the architectural department, LSP Group; Vladimir Frolov, Editor-in-Chief of Project Baltia magazine; Lyubov Leontyeva, head of Ludi Architects (St. Petersburg); and Anton Smirnov, PhD and founder of the ASTAL firm.

The following persons took part in the jury process: Pavel Sokolov, First Deputy Chairman of KGA St. Petersburg (jury chairman); Sergey Kuznetsov, chief architect of Moscow (in absentia); Maurice Nio, head of NIO Architecten (Rotterdam); Kimmo Lintula, partner at the firm K2S (Helsinki); Jeroen Schipper, partner at Orange Architects (Rotterdam); Felix Buyanov, head of the architectural firm B2; Ruben Arakelyan, head of WALL bureau (Moscow); Oxana Androsova, head of the architectural-designer department of LSP Group; Dmitry Khodkevich, Director of LSP Real Estate – Northwest; Vladimir Frolov, Editor-in-Chief of Project Baltia and jury secretary.

In the end, the jury came to the following decisions:
1st Prize—Between the Stars (autors: Karolina Olechnovic, Justas Jankauskas, Akvile Miniotaite, Yfroldas Jurevicius, Lithuania);
2nd Prize—Passepartout
(autors: Suvi Saastfmoinen, Simo Lahtinen, Finland);
3rd Prize—Rhythmic Rise
(autors: Masaki Kakizoe, Kevin Clement, Japan).

Honourable Mentions were given to A Room for Lost Time (autors: Nahuel Recabarren, Argentina) and Cult Stop (autor: Anton Sevastjanov, Russia). In addition, Passepartout (social network) and A Bow to the Status Quo (autors: Anastasia Ivanova, Artyom Stepanov, Russia) (exhibition) received the audience congeniality prize based on popular votes at the exhibition and online.

The magazine Project Baltia recognised two works from the contest’s long list with special diplomas: Alina Butakova (Petersburg) for Best Architectural Design, and Ksenya Dudina and Dmitry Mukhin (Petersburg) for Best Architectural Graphics.

PlatForm mounted not only an exhibition and final press conference, but also a public discussion called “People Meet in Infrastructure” at the exhibition opening (see:, as well as lectures by members of the jury and presentations by the Petersburg participants who made the short list.

See more in the 28th issue of Project Baltia magazine.

Competition organisers: LSP Group and the journal Project Baltia
Exhibition organisers of the short list competition: Alexandrinsky Theatre New Stage, LSP Group and Project Baltia
Competition partners: General Consulate of The Netherlands, The Dutch Institute, General Consulate of Finland, and Radio Baltica

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