Land­scape

PLANT­INGS EVOK­ING RUS­SIA’S DI­VERSE LAND­SCAPES SHORE UP A MOSCOW PARK MARKED BY SHOWY AR­CHI­TEC­TURE

Azure - - CONTENTS - WORDS _Danny Sinopoli PHO­TO­GRAPH _Iwan Baan

On the ground (and over a river) at Moscow’s Zaryadye Park

His­tor­i­cally, parks in the Rus­sian cap­i­tal have been of the for­mal, sym­met­ri­cal va­ri­ety. To say that Zaryadye Park, just steps from Red Square on the north side of the Moscow River, de­vi­ates from tra­di­tion would be an un­der­state­ment. A dy­namic in­ter­weav­ing of nat­u­ral el­e­ments that evoke Rus­sia’s var­ied to­pog­ra­phy with built forms in­clud­ing am­phithe­atres, a restau­rant and a dra­matic, boomerang-shaped view­ing deck, the 14-hectare site de­fies easy la­belling, although the de­sign­ers be­hind it – an in­ter­na­tional con­sor­tium led by Diller Scofidio + Ren­fro (DS+R) of New York – de­scribe the re­sult as “wild ur­ban­ism.” The wild­ness comes in the form of grad­u­ally de­scend­ing ter­races that recre­ate four of Rus­sia’s dis­tinc­tive land­scapes: steppe, tun­dra, for­est and wet­land. Th­ese ar­eas are con­nected by a me­an­der­ing net­work of stone paving that ex­tends like fin­gers into plant­ing beds. It’s a toss-up which of the built struc­tures is most eye-catch­ing. On the park’s east­ern side, a pair of open-air am­phithe­atres capped by a heat-re­tain­ing glass roof pro­vides all-sea­son per­for­mance space. Closer to the river is an el­e­gant V-shaped view­ing plat­form that can­tilevers over the wa­ter. The lat­ter has al­ready be­come one of Moscow’s most vis­ited at­trac­tions. dsrny.com, hargreaves.com, city­mak­ers.com

The site’s nat­u­ral slope fa­cil­i­tates storm-wa­ter man­age­ment across the 14-hectare park. En­abling all-sea­son use, mo­tor­ized glass pan­els atop the am­phithe­atres re­tain heat in win­ter and can be opened dur­ing sum­mer. Dubbed the float­ing bridge, the...

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