Competition Entry: Zaryadye Park / Turenscape

Competition Entry: Zaryadye Park / Turenscape
Competition Entry: Zaryadye Park / Turenscape - Cityscape
Courtesy of Turenscape

In June this year, the Turenscape Consortium was shortlisted to prepare a design proposal for Zaryadye Park, Moscow. The scheme, titled “The Blue Circle of Moscow,” centered around a circular reflecting pool that would serve as a mirror to the Moscow skyline, while managing urban stormwater. According to Turenscape, “The Blue Circle was envisioned as a new city icon, which links the past with the present and the future, which reconnects man with nature, which reunites the separated urban space, and which gathers individuals of all kinds.”

Competition Entry: Zaryadye Park / Turenscape - Lighting
Sunset. Image Courtesy of Turenscape

The Architect’s Description: 

Rooted in the genius loci of Moscow and the site, the Zaryadye Park is designed as an urban ecosystem that provides multiple eco-services to the city and people. By overlaying the richness of site's historical layers, the Park becomes a living puzzle that locks together the city’s memory, culture, ecology and people, which reveals the memory of the past and makes a prophecy for the future.

Zaryadye Park is a contemporary landscape with a new aesthetic based on environmental ethics: it offers high performance and requires low maintenance; it repairs the broken connections between man and nature. Its main feature - the Blue Circle is the perfect counterpoint to the Red Square.

Competition Entry: Zaryadye Park / Turenscape - Lighting
Red Square Entrance. Image Courtesy of Turenscape

Challenges of the site that the proposal needs to deal with are:

  1. Urban Ecology: storm water and snow melts from surrounding
  2. National Identity: an icon with representative, authentic, natural and cultural landscape
  3. Harsh Climate: cold winter and hot summer
  4. Recreation and Tourism: provides intimate spaces and also for activities in a crowd setting
  5. Heritage and history: existing buildings as open-air museum
  6. Site Connectivity: linking Red Square, waterfront, and context

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Skywalk. Image Courtesy of Turenscape

In order to deal with the challenges we adopted a design strategy, which provides:

  1. A functional ecosystem that cleans and filtrates city’s storm water and snow melt and support native biodiversity
  2. A new icon of Moscow that represents an authentic natural and cultural landscape
  3. An oasis that regulates the harsh climate and urban environment and acts as a retreat to provide an intimate experience of nature
  4. A place that gathers people and stages different activities in all seasons and weather
  5. A public 'balcony' and open museum for the city which catches the best views of Moscow's heritage skyline
  6. A uniting space that connects the surrounding urban fabric and the waterfront

Competition Entry: Zaryadye Park / Turenscape - Lighting, Facade
Birch Forest at Night. Image Courtesy of Turenscape
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Layers. Image Courtesy of Turenscape

Zaryadye Park - the Blue Circle of Moscow - is an integration of 4 layers. Firstly, it is a system of Designed Natures. It is composed of 5 major landscape elements that represent Russian vernacular landscapes - them being, the monastery gardens, meadow, constructed wetland, reflection pond and birch forest.

Secondly, the scheme brings to the fore the footprints remnants on the site. The design visualizes the imprints of the historical buildings and streetscape that lies underneath, and transforms these imprints into a functional wetland and ground pattern.

Thirdly, there are the Winter gardens. Service facilities including café, restaurant, and temporary exhibitions are contained in glass houses.

Lastly, there is the Boardwalk and Skywalk system that are detached from the ground and that integrate seating with platforms and environmental interpretation system for people to experience the designed natures.

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Master Plan. Image Courtesy of Turenscape

Despite its creative approach, Turenscape’s proposal was not selected as winner. Be sure to check out Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s winning proposal for Zaryadye Park.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zaryadye Park, Moscow
  • Design Team

    Kongjian Yu, Xiaoxuan Lu, Ljubo Georgiev, Homa Farjadi, Longfei Qiao, Yaohua Feng Stanley Lung, Kenneth Yeung, Giancarlo Tonoli, Yiwen Chen, Cheryl Huffman, Hsienai Wang, Angela Ng, Qiyi Li, Yoyo Liang, Lisa Li, Milos Simic, Linus Clade, Markus Treppo, Anna Chan
  • Collaborators

    anOther Architect (Anna Bubnova), Daniel Dendra, Carolina Gomez), Maria Ignatieva (Anna Bubnova), Anselm von Held, Studio Urban Landscapes (Gerko Schroeder, Antje Stokman), Transsolar (Thomas Auer), Argus (Peter Lubrich), Knippers Helbig (Roman Schieber, Vera Lerose), Strategic Partners Group (Christian Burkhard), Non-fiction (Michiel van Lersel)
  • Images and Video

  • Physical Model

  • Video Music

    Aaron Tsang, Desmond Lo
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Turenscape
  • Location

    Zaryadye Park, Moscow
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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Competition Entry: Zaryadye Park / Turenscape" 14 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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