This building was constructed in the middle of the 19th century by engineer Mikhail Pasypkin. It is widely believed that Peter the Great used this site for his foundry – that is, the blacksmith's shop – after metalworking tools were found in the woods around the neighboring Galerny Dvor.
It is this building that has also suffered the most damage over the years, which is why, from the moment New Holland Development signed the investment contract, they made it a priority to restore and protect the building, even as the remaining restoration work was still in the process of getting approval.
For a little more than three years, the Kuznya (The Foundry) underwent extensive renovation work: repairing the brick vaulted ceilings and façades; removing and replacing the roof entirely; installing wooden window and door frames; and adding a stone staircase, with cast-iron railings. The building has been adapted for its new function, with a system of modern wiring, ventilation, and other necessary amenities.
Both façades are adorned with exterior, cast-iron canopies, propped up on stately iron legs.
For the latest chapter in the history of New Holland, the former foundry has now been reinvented as the restaurant and club Kuznya House, the beating heart of the island’s social and cultural activity. In an era of network connectivity and the ability to work from anywhere, places like Kuznya House can easily serve as a second home for its regulars. In today’s world, restaurants and clubs have long since shifted their focus from what used to be the core of their primary functions – to feed and to entertain. Kuznya House will be the sort of place where one could spend practically their whole day: conducting meetings, hanging out, working, listening to music, or taking in lectures or film screenings – and of course, eating well, with something nice to wash it all down. In short, Kuznya House will be that second home for all the participants and guests of the projects of New Holland: Cultural Urbanization, the island’s cultural program.
This accent on the idea of a home base reflects throughout the spaces and interiors of Kuznya House. Preserving the historical layout, the space is arranged in three parts: the ballroom with a bar, stage and table seating that can be removed during concerts or other events; the Chef’s Table, home to cooking lessons and workshops; and the tea parlor, with its large, luxurious sofas surrounded by bookshelves. This summer Kuznya House will launch its very own terrace, with a sweeping view of the island’s lawn.
The design elements and materials giving Kuznya House its unique look were selected with help from a photoarchive capturing the apartment interiors of pre-revolutionary St Petersburg: elegant wooden panels; massive, lacquered cabinets and cupboards; decorative stoves, used to conceal the air ducts; comfortable couches with Pavlovo Posad motifs; rich velvet curtains, armchairs and ottomans; and vintage lighting fixtures made from brass and porcelain from the Imperial Porcelain factory. These elements are complemented by furniture from the 1970s, including sleek tables and chairs with leather cushions. Hanging in the ballroom and the Chef’s Table are works by a young, but already well-known artist from St. Petersburg, Denis Ichitovkin, a master of new realism.
Particular attention was paid to the sound and lighting solutions. Along the historical vaulted ceilings appeared a mosaic of white tiles and 147 analog bulbs, which can be programmed together with the rest of the lighting for evening events. The sound columns and subwoofer have been designed in their own unique style.
The cuisine served up by Kuznya House is as eclectic as its interior and its projected public. This blend of Asian, European and Middle Eastern tastes follow the recipes of Isaac Correa, a pioneer in simple, delicious dishes. It was Correa who first brought the idea of simple food to Russia, and he has returned to it especially for Kuznya House.
Meanwhile, the bar menu has been developed by legendary barkeeps, Solid & Liquid, whose portfolio includes awards from international competitions and menus at some of the best bars in St. Petersburg.
For musical and intellectual nourishment, Kuznya House turned to Kirill Sergeev, also known as Kito Jempere, and a member of the band by that name. Sergeev has overseen every aspect of the musical programming for the project, from the background soundtrack to the invitation of international performing artists.
The entrance to Kuznya House is located opposite The Bottle.
SUN–THU: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
FRI–SAT: 12:00 pm – until the last customer has gone
The delicatessen – or, more commonly, deli – is the most popular form of café in any big city, which is why New Holland definitely needed one on the island.
Here you can pick up quick and delicious bite to eat on the spot, gather supplies for a picnic on the lawn, or just pick up some prepared food to enjoy at home later. The famous Volkonsky Bakery has developed and refined the concept specifically for New Holland: Cultural Urbanization.
The café is divided into two parts. The first hall boasts a large vitrine full of bread and pastries, baked on site in The Foundry, to give visitors a taste of what has earned Volkonsky its international reputation. There is also a menu offering sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts. The second hall is outfitted with comfortable seating and a big, red-lacquered table, a velvet couch and towering Viennese bar stools.
While Volkonsky DELI and Kuznya House are two different projects, their interiors suggest some stylistic overlap, as part of the unified design concept of the whole island, which was developed by Sergey Bukin and Lyubov Leontieva. Wooden wall panels, massive mirrors, lacquered furniture with metal and brass finishes – all of these recurring elements combine to create the architectural codes, permeating and shaping the space of all the temporary pavilions in the park.
Entrance to the café is located on the side facing the lawn.
MON–SUN: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
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