Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been selected to masterplan a 13.9-hectare area of Novorossiysk, Russia’s largest shipping port and the third busiest in europe by turnover. Located on the black sea coast, connecting Russia with the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean, and Suez Canal, the industrial city offers direct links to rail and highway networks. In winning the international content, the london-based firm held off competition from Miralles Tagliabue / EMBT and Rudy Riccotti who placed second and third respectively.
ZHA’s masterplan for Novorossiysk’s ‘Admiral Serebryakov Embankment’ integrates new public spaces and amenities for both the city’s residents and visitors. Facilities for international conferences, trade fairs, and business congresses, as well as professional and academic seminars are also included as part of the plan. Importantly, by restricting vehicular access, the design creates opportunities for outdoor leisure, sports, and recreation.
‘With its buildings orientated perpendicular to the sea front to maintain existing sea views from the city, the masterplan is interwoven with Novorossiysk’s urban fabric in a porous configuration that reconnects the city with its coast, inviting residents and visitors to traverse the site via public plazas, gardens and parks,’ says Zaha Hadid Architects. Meanwhile, a new fishing port, marina, and piers allow access to the seashore on which the city was founded.
In order to develop the form of the site’s nine principal buildings, the design team applied the concept of ‘instancing’ in which nine iterations of a single form evolve in a gradient across the site. ‘As with time-lapse photography capturing nine instances of its subject over a period of time, this evolution sequence becomes the masterplan itself,’ explains ZHA. ‘The digital computational model developed for this masterplan in Novorossiysk performs as an urban planning tool analyzing many different programmatic, environmental and socio-economic conditions to define the new buildings within the masterplan.’
All nine buildings are informed by this digital model that simultaneously considers multiple iterations including program, orientation, environment, height and volume,’ the architects continue. ‘This parametric model enables designers and stakeholders to accommodate the functional, economic and other time-related fluctuations that influence each new phase of development while also maintaining the overriding architectural vision.’
Construction of the masterplan’s first phase — which includes facilities for civic, cultural, and corporate events, as well as the hotel — is due to start in the second half of 2019.