The competition intends to find new concepts of the urban planning development of Kaliningrad City, through the regeneration of the historical centre in its new capacity as an important element of the urban environment.
The specific goals of the competition are: a) Development of an urban planning concept, providing a well-grounded approach to the competition area “Korolevskaya Gora and its surroundings” (56 ha), which will later serve as a basis for the development of urban planning documents and land use regulations; b) Formation of an architectural and spatial proposal for the competition area “Korolevskaya Gora” (app. 10 ha), in which historic and cultural facilities will be articulated with the creation of a new urban area.
The proposed urban concept is focused on three axes: a) A New image of the city, through historical buildings and urban fabric proportions – urban grid concept; b) Liveable spaces for people, culture and leisure – accessibility, public spaces and pedestrian flows; c) A New Centre for Kaliningrad, where History and Memory meet Art and Nature.
The urban grid concept is the main structure which supports contemporary architecture and activities, but respecting and evoking the memory of the medieval urban fabric.
Flows on the intervention area result from merging green axes, which connect natural areas around the intervention area, water landscapes from the river and the lake, historic spaces and public spaces that support urban liveability.
It is proposed the urban regeneration of “Korolevskaya Gora” and harmonization of the surroundings through planning a new city centre with a strong architectural image and dynamic public spaces. The final goal is to give the area the image of “centre of active city life”, and to ensure the recognition of Kaliningrad as a city of Russia and the international Baltic region through finding its own individual architectural image. The city centre should set new standards of living space, its quality and style, to become a “hallmark” of modern Kaliningrad.