PROJECT_

KALININGRAD CITY CENTER

LOCATION_KALININGRAD
CLIENT_KALININGRAD REGIONAL GOVERNMENT
YEAR_2015
STATUS_CONCEPT
TYPE_CULTURE
USABLE AREA_30,000

A PHENOMENAL AND LOGICAL STRUCTURE

Russia’s exclave in Europe, Kaliningrad is the westernmost regional center of the Russian Federation, and plays an important role in the maintenance of the Russian Baltic flee. Located at the crossroads of a multiplicity of cultures where Germans, Greeks, Armenians, Poles, Russians and Lithuanians live side by side, it is home to almost one million people. The project area is nearby Kant’s island where his grave is in Königsberg’s Cathedral which is reconstructed. The quarter is aimed to be the new center to trigger the urban transformation of the city, core of the program being arts and culture, so to attract diverse people of social groups of the residents. New complex is to be formed around public spaces to meet, buildings housing functions of congress centers, museum and galleries supported and enriched by retail and catering facilities. The concept of the project emerges from Kant’s philosophy of a structure that is considered to be a priori -logically independent of experience; with the status of the “thing-in-itself” that the ultimate reality presumably lurks behind the apprehension of an object. Castle of Königsberg, today, exists by its absence. The project articulates this waning by unearthing original footprint of castle. Unveiled traces of the castle is preserved as an archaeological park and surrounded by the new structure, the void is emphasized. Furthermore, as a compliment, the exterior wall of the castle is extracted and reused it as the inner wall of the new building.

 

 


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