Slavyanka is situated in the southern outskirts of St Petersburg, along the river Neva where it meets the Slavianka river. This part of the city has been defined as an important area for urban regeneration and an extensive development has been done in the area. The development of Slavyanka has been divided into four distinct land parcels: containing residential, commercial and public premises for more than 20 000 new inhabitants. As a part of the commission, Tovatt Architects and Planners also studied a future extension of the development to southeast, including a commercial centre, a sport centre and a business park. The Masterplan forms a structure built around a few strong main structuring elements of high-quality public spaces, developed in collaboration with the landscape architect Johan Paju. The river-walk towards Neva and its Harbour Square, The River Park along Slavyanka and its Park Square and a central main street that connects the two squares under the heavy trafficked Sovetsky Prospect in connection to its tram/main bus stop. As a second stage of the project Tovatt Architects and Planners developed two typical blocks as a pilot project, in greater detail. One with large tower buildings towards Neva and one courtyard block. The study was done to make sure that the masterplan could be implemented combining a very high density with and urban structure, forming a public realm with a human scale. One big challenge was to comply with local parking, fire and sun requirements, and at the same time shape well-defined walking-friendly open spaces – in contrast to most similar local high-density developments at the time, creating big mega structures of free-standing high-rise volumes and large vast spaces often taken over by traffic and parking.