Diller Scofidio & Renfro has won an international competition to create a major new park in the centre of Moscow.
Russian-led TPO “Reserve” came second and Dutch architect MVRDV was third in the two-stage Zaryadye Park competition.
The project has the potential to be one of Moscow’s largest and most significant public space development projects in recent decades, according to the organiser, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.
Zaryadye, on the bank of Moskva river beside the Kremlin and Red Square, is a historic district in the middle of the Russian capital.
The new 130,000 sq m park will be created on the site of the Hotel Russia which has lain abandoned and empty for more than six years since its demolition.
The proposal to create a “contemporary park with a high quality infrastructure” was made in January last year.
The winning entry proposes four typical Russian landscapes – tundra, steppe, forest and marsh – which are organised in terraces that descend from the upper to a lower level of the park from north-east to south-west, crossing each other.
“The concept of the park reflects the most striking features of the neighbouring territories, allowing it to combine the characteristic elements of the historic buildings and pedestrian areas of Kitay-gorod with the lush gardens of the Kremlin,” said a Strelka spokesman.
Construction is expected to start towards the end of next year and be completed by 2016.
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