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Severnaya Dolina - 'Parnas', St. Petersburg


  • the biggest "Integrated urban development" in Russia (2009)

  • date of construction: 2009-2020 

  • area: 270 ha

  • 30 000 apartments are built 

  • app. 70 000 residents 

  • buildings are of 29 storeys

  • 8 - 16 apartments per a storey

  • 700-3 500 apartments

  • app. 9 000 people living in 1 building

  • one-room apartments: 60%

  • average square of an apartment: 49,6 sq.m.

'Severnaya Dolina' is an emerging greenfield project and the post-socialist large housing estate in the north of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Now it is one of the biggest so-called Integrated urban development (IUD) projects in Russia. The single commercial constructing company develops the land plot of 270 ha providing housing as well as social and transport infrastructure for the residents. 

By the end of the construction, it will be home for around 100 000 people. 'Severnaya Dolina' is characterized by the high level of social-economic homogeneity.

The quality of constructions is not high, the planned social infrastructure is not provided in time, the service sector and transport connection to are underdeveloped, and the public spaces are poorly-planned.

Moreover, considering the scale of the estate and the current legislation concerning self-governance, the residents' participation in the management process is challenged. These problems are common for the other large housing estates mushrooming in the city periphery.

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