House 12 is the fourth building that was restored in the New Holland: Cultural Urbanization project. It was built later than the rest of the Island’s buildings, in
House 12 consists of two buildings: the corner building 12a, which overlooks Truda Square and the Admiralteysky Canal, and building 12 that stands along the Kryukov Canal. The two buildings are adjoined and according to the new plan will have a through walkway. The total area of the building is 15,900 m2.
The restoration and renovation work on the building took three years. The same technology was used for the restoration of the facades and brickwork as for the previously restored buildings of the Foundry, the Commandant’s House and the Bottle House. The restoration work on House 12 included more than 20,000 m2 of brick facades, interior walls and vaults, using about 400,000 historical bricks. More than 300 m2 of historical granite and limestone elements were restored, as well as over 4,500 m2 brick seams. Work was also carried out to restore and renovate the Monier vaults with a total area of more than 6,000 m2.
The building is equipped with modern energy-efficient engineering systems. A fully mechanized parking area for the residents of the building has been installed at the pedestrian bridge across the eastern canal, which allows the Island to maintain a car-free approach.
The interior of public spaces is designed to fit in with the style of other buildings of the Island: the “thermometer” lamps on the interior facades repeat the lamps of the courtyard of the Bottle House, a cast-iron canopy at the main entrance to House 12 echoes the entrance groups of the Foundry and the Commandant’s House. There are also new elements in the design — limestone and brass on the walls of the stairwells, black granite and metal in the cladding of the steps. The walls of two staircases of House 12 are decorated with gray sandstone, a natural stone resembling concrete, with brass strip inserts running through the entire height of the staircase. Black flights of stairs are separated from the main space by light, creating a soaring effect, while numerous lines emphasize the geometry and airiness of the space.
Special attention was paid to the gate fillings of the building’s facade. These are giant wooden structures with doorways on the ground floor which completely replicate the original drawings. Twenty-one such “windows”, all eleven meters high, have been installed alongside the Admiralteysky and Kryukov Canals. The constructions are made of oak in accordance with modern high-tech production standards. Modern energy-saving windows have a triple glazing, which provides improved heat and sound insulation indoors.
The interiors of House 12’s public spaces (entrances, halls, staircases) as well as all decorative elements of the facades were created by Ludi Architects bureau.
The architectural illumination of the buildings was designed by the British design studio PJC Lights.
Along with the building, a new part of the park was also added to the open territory. Now the building can be bypassed on the side of the Kryukov Canal, where new trees are planted and soft paths and places for rest are introduced.
In the new part along the inner facade of House 12 there is a Garden Walk with apple trees and shady shadberries, as well as more than 10 species of ornamental shrubs and perennials, including hydrangea, mahonia, spirea, snowball trees and willows that change their colour shade from season to season. To improve this area, 26 apple trees, 33 maple trees, 119 Lamarck shadberries and more than other 20 different grown trees were brought from European nurseries. As part of the landscaping work, paving was carried out on an area of 3,000 sq. meters, 1,000 sq. meters of soft paths were introduced as well as 4,500 sq. meters of lawn.
The project was designed by architectural firm West 8, along with the landscape architect Linda Bird (bureau Linda Bird Ltd).
Residents of House 12 will be Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Gazprom Neft offices, as well as restaurants Cococouture and Cococo bistro by Matilda Shnurova.
10 am – 11 pm
Cococo Bistro, Matilda Shnurova’s restaurant project on the ground floor of the House 12 corner building, is a new chapter in Cococo’s history. The first restaurant Cococo opened in 2012 in Nekrasova Street and in 2016 moved to the W Hotel on Voznesensky Prospect.
Over the 8 years, Cococo managed to become one of the most influential restaurants of St. Petersburg, occupied 104th position in the prestigious world ranking The World’s Best Restaurants, and in 2020 settled in New Holland Island with two projects, the first of which is Cococo bistro.
Here, the chef Igor Grishnechkin, who has overseen Cococo cuisine since its inception, continues to prepare his unique versions of Russian dishes from seasonal farm products, but in a simpler and more everyday format. The bistro’s compact menu is regularly updated, and in addition to the traditional selection, it includes the chef’s favorite gourmet junk food, such as hot dogs in brioche and cheeseburgers, as well as meat delicacies and fresh pastries from his own bakery.
The interior, resembling a living room
with an old wood bar and a display case with pastries, vintage carpets and retro furniture was designed by DA bureau.
Historic panoramic windows offer a beautiful view of the park, and in summer there is a terrace in the shade of the trees.
The team’s second project, Cococouture, will open in the right wing of House 12.