Restored tourist center in ancient Suzdal competes for the title of the “Best Implemented Restoration / Reconstruction Project”.

The history of Russian town of Suzdal dates back probably to 999 or 1024. With a population of just around 10,000, it has more than 40 historically important monuments and 200 architectural sites. Several of them are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ancient architecture of Suzdal attracts lots of visitors, making tourism the backbone of town’s economy.  

The tourist center in Suzdal at the shore of the Kamenka River was built in 1980s, in the USSR times. The complex was to fit into the existing architectural appearance of the city, to match its monastery ensembles and the Kremlin. Initially, they intended to extend it to a large complex with a hotel, restaurants, a swimming pool, and all the necessary amenities like roads, utilities, and the bridge.

Almost 40 years later, the place was totally deteriorated and abandoned, but a restoration project by Yelena Makhrova Studio was realized in 2019. This year, the project is nominated for a Golden Trezzini Awards as “Best Implemented Restoration / Reconstruction Project”. The designer was challenged to breathe a new life into this once glamorous venue, retaining as much of its architectural elements as possible. 

The project on the Awards website

The Golden Trezzini website users are welcome to vote for their preferred projects via Facebook, giving them a chance to win Premio del Pubblico Award. 200+ projects from Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Japan, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Syria, the UAE, and the USA are approved for participation at the moment.

The International Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design are named after Domenico Trezzini (1670—1734), the first architect of St. Petersburg and the founder of Petrine Baroque. The Awards have been held since 2018. The motto of the Awards is “Architecture as Art.” The Awards are intended to acknowledge and promote architectural and designer projects that amount to works of art.

The Honorary Chairman of the International Council of the Awards is Mikhail Piotrovsky, General Director of the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg. 

Entries for the Third International Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design can be submitted at till October 15, 2020. Participation is free of charge.

The General Partner of the Golden Trezzini Awards is the State Museum of St. Petersburg History. The System Partner is RBI Group. Partner of a Special nomination is YIT. Official partner of the Awarding ceremony is LenRusStroy Building Corporation. Partner of the Awarding ceremony is Ganga Group. To see a full list of the Awards partners please check

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