Residential complex "New Sertolovo" is eight quarters of four to five-storey buildings grouped around the central park area. Despite the fact that the complex is located within the borders of Sertolovo, the site for its development is separated from all sides from the existing urban fabric by forests and fields, providing it with a kind of autonomy, both socially and compositionally. In addition, the investor promises to give away about a third of the entire site for landscaping, logically focusing on the image of a garden city with its harmony between rural and urban.
The microdistrict will be equipped with the necessary infrastructure: these include two large "anchors" at both ends of the oblong section - a sports complex and a shopping mall; in addition, there are two additional shopping centers inside the development, as well as trade and service facilities on the lower floors of the buildings. In the central part of the territory, directly in the park area, there will be two kindergartens and a school. Both the master plan and the architecture of the complex belong to the Ciqing workshop. In accordance with the shape of the site, some quarters have geometrically correct outlines, while others are curvilinearly picturesque. The flowing curves of the main street unfold dynamic vistas and link the urban theme with variations of the natural landscape.
“Our task was to create clear outlines of streets and quarters reminiscent of St. Petersburg, to return to the environment that was destroyed after Corbusier. It is important for a person to feel the difference between the inner quarter as a private, intimate space of residents and an open street area as a space of connections, communications, trade, traffic, etc. For the same purpose, the main part of parking lots is provided along the outer streets in order to minimize traffic within the quarter as much as possible,”says Sergei Tsytsin.
Both the very principle of quarterly planning and the style of the houses clearly appeal to tradition. The facades are decorated with a simple pattern with attics, cornices, platbands, rustic stones, along with glass inserts, and such modern inclusions are not opposed to the "classics", but rather complement the general figurative structure, introducing natural time s e marks.
There is not a single fully repeating facade in the project. United by a common style framework, the houses differ in their details, easy unfastening of facades, height (fluctuation of one floor plus an attic crown), creating a lively silhouette and that unobtrusive variety that is characteristic of historical buildings. It is a pity that, in order to save money, large expressive accents were removed from the project - connecting arches between houses.
Nevertheless, the style contrast is present in the project. It is concluded in the solution of public buildings: objects of trade, sports, kindergartens and schools. They are absolutely devoid of historical reminiscences, letting the breath of modernity into the tranquil idyll of a forest suburb.
The overall picture is somewhat reminiscent of post-war cities and villages, permeated with the impulse of a “peaceful, happy life” - but not in their original form, but with later layers, that is, as they look now.
Nostalgia? Maybe yes. But since the image of the “future”, which modern architecture likes to be inspired by, becomes more and more frightening, and the present is shaky and incomprehensible, the craving for tradition looks like a natural search for a foothold. Another sign of this rootedness in the past is a new monument to the soldiers who died in these places during the Great Patriotic War. Laconic, appealing to the late Soviet style, it is decided on the contrast of a heavy concrete block and a light silhouette of flying cranes.
As you can see, the methods of combining the old and the new are solved by the authors in a variety of ways, without a specific time reference, which avoids the "museum plaque" and the well-known sham.
The project took second place in the regional improvement competition: the complex will be provided with comfortable public and inner-quarter areas with walkways, front gardens and benches. In addition, the authors decided to give individuality to various zones of the residential complex due to compositions from huge natural boulders extracted during digging of pits, as well as landscape sculptures depicting forest animals. Hopefully, thanks to the placement of parking lots on the outer perimeter, as well as the equipment of underground and above-ground garages, cars will not force people out of these comfortable spaces. Unfortunately, the beautiful idea of a garden city as a self-sufficient organism remains a utopia today: most residents will have to travel to work outside the new housing estate: to the old Sertolovo and, of course, to St. Petersburg. The connection of the village with the outside world is ensured by the Vyborgskoye highway passing through Sertolovo to the ring road. By public transport to the metro station "Prospect Prosvescheniya" from here, if there are no traffic jams, you can get there in 15 minutes.
The Novy Sertolovo project seems to be a good alternative to the high-rise massifs that have densely surrounded the city in recent years. It is based on the desire to restore to a new level the qualities of the living environment that have been lost by modernism, to make it co-scale, comfortable, differentiated, consistent, understandable, giving a sense of stability and bearing a reflection of classical beauty.