Explore the Wild Urbanism of Moscow’s Zaryadye Park

At Zaryadye Park plantings evoking Russia’s diverse landscapes shore up a Moscow park marked by showy architecture.

The site’s natural slope facilitates storm-water management across the 14-hectare 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.”

Left: Dubbed the floating bridge, the viewing deck cantilevers 70 metres beyond its support pillars to an overlook above the Moscow River. Right: A cluster of mature conifers evokes a Russian forest, one of four iconic eco-regions recreated in Zaryadye Park.

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.

Enabling all-season use, motorized glass panels atop the amphitheatres retain heat in winter and can be opened during summer.

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. 

(Source: Azuremagazine)