Groundlab, WOWHAUS and Urbanica have been announced as winners of an international competition to redesign Sokolniki Park, Moscow’s largest park. Over the next 15 years, their 515 hectare masterplan, "Sokolniki. Nature's embassy in Moscow," will focus on preserving the 19th century park’s unique natural landscape as an extension of the Losiny Ostrov nature park by dividing it into three zones: Forest, Forest Park and Regular Park.
Images of the winning design, after the break.
Second place was awarded to a consortium between the French DEBARRE DUPLANTIERS team and three Russian companies: Prostor, Fetish Film, and RDNK. Their concept, "Feel! Share! Dream! Play! Explore! Practice! Relax!", aimed to develop the park's historic identity, enriching it with "a new set of tourist attractions, a new centralization model and a platform for new activities.”
The third place was shared by two consortiums. The first, LOLA Landscape Architects bureau (the Netherlands) together with aZONE architectural group (Russia), STUDIO TRANSFORMER bureau (Russia), TALLER 301 (Colombia), Land + Civilization Compositions (the Netherlands), Symboisis Grontmij Belgium NV (Belgium) and the POLYESTER team who developed a concept entitled "Heritage Evolution,” offering a modern look at the park's classic features.
The second one, between the Chinese Turenscape team and the Russian bureau Strelka, MIX Design Studio and AECOM LLC, put forward a concept entitled "Tea Party Matrix,” which features innovative suggestions for a modern park, based on the age-old tradition of Russia countryside tea-drinking when a large company gathers around a samovar.
The finalist teams' entries will be on public display at an exhibition in the Sokolniki park (Pavilion 7A) until mid-October (2014).