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, as metalworking tools were discovered in the woods around the neighboring Galerny Dvor.
This building has 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 it, even while the remaining restoration work was still in the process of receiving approval.
For a little more than three years, The Foundry (kuznya in Russian) underwent extensive renovation work: repairing the brick vaulted ceilings and facades; 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 modern wiring, ventilation, and other necessary amenities.
Both facades are adorned with exterior, cast-iron canopies on stately iron legs.
For the latest chapter in the history of New Holland, the former foundry has 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 their regulars. In today’s world, restaurants and clubs have long since shifted their focus from what used to be their core functions: to feed and entertain. Kuznya House is the sort of place where you can spend practically the whole day: having meetings, hanging out, working, listening to music, taking in lectures or film screenings, and, of course, eating well, with something nice to wash it all down with.
The accent on the idea of a home base is reflected throughout the interiors of Kuznya House. Preserving the historical layout, the space is arranged in three parts: a ballroom, with a bar, stage, and table seating that can be removed during concerts or other events; the Chef’s Table and tea parlor, with its large, luxurious sofas surrounded by bookshelves. In summer there is a terrace, with a sweeping view of the island’s lawn.
The design elements and materials which give Kuznya House its unique look were selected with the help of archive photographs of apartment interiors of pre-revolutionary Saint Petersburg: elegant wooden panels; massive, lacquered cabinets and cupboards; decorative stoves, used to conceal the air ducts; comfortable sofas with Pavlovo Posad shawl 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 1970s furniture, including tables and chairs with leather cushions. In the ballroom and the Chef’s Table you can find works by a young, but well-known artist from Saint Petersburg, Denis Ichitovkin, a realist painter.
Particular attention was paid to sound and lighting solutions. Along the historical vaulted ceilings there is a mosaic of white tiles and 147 analogue bulbs, which can be programmed together with the rest of the lighting for evening events. The speakers and subwoofer are purpose-designed.
In May 2018, the team at Kuznya House was joined by brand chef Glen Ballis, who has developed a new concept for the menu, with an emphasis on local and seasonal produce. Working alongside Ballis is promising young chef Ruslan Zakirov.
For musical and intellectual nourishment, Kuznya House turned to Kirill Sergeev, also known as Kito Jempere, and a member of the band of the same 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 House.
SUN–THU: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
FRI–SAT: 12:00 pm – until the last customer has gone
The delicatessen, or, deli, is the most popular type of café in any big city, which is why New Holland definitely needed one on the Island.
Here you have a delicious bite to eat on the spot, gather supplies for a picnic on the lawn, or just pick up something to enjoy at home later. The famous Volkonsky Bakery developed the concept specifically for New Holland.
The café is divided into two parts. The first room 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 excellent reputation. There is also a menu offering sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts. The second room features comfortable seating and a big, red-lacquered table, a velvet couch, and Viennese bar stools.
Entrance to the café is located on the side facing the lawn.
MON–SUN: 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
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While Volkonsky Deli and Kuznya House are two different projects, their interiors are part of the unified design concept for the whole Island, which was developed by Sergey Bukin and Luba Leontieva. Recurring elements such as wooden wall panels, massive mirrors, and lacquered furniture with metal and brass finishes combine to create the architectural codes that permeate and shape the space of all the temporary pavilions in the park.