Zaryadye Park, Moscow, Russia

Zaryadye Park sits on a historically charged site saturated by both Russia’s collective past and evolving aspirations. The design aims to create a park borne of Russian and Muscovite heritage as well as one that draws on the latest construction technologies and sustainability strategies. Representing six countries from around the world, the design team will bring a global perspective and vast experience to this important project.

The Park incorporates four Russian landscape typologies: tundra, steppe, forest and wetland. These zones are organized in terraces that descend from northeast to southwest, with each layering over the next to create a set of programmed spaces integrated into the landscape: nature and architecture act as one. Using a unique paver system that seamlessly knits landscape with walking surfaces, the Park is pathless and people are free to move about in entirely unscripted ways. Sustainable technologies and energy harvesting will create augmented microclimates that encourage 24/7, year-round enjoyment. The resulting landscape will be hot and cold, wet and dry, familiar and unknown; Zaryadye Park will embody the past and the future simultaneously.

The visitors of the park shall be exposed to various moments of augmented micro-climatic experiences. Locations sheltered from winds and exposed to increased solar radiation will offer warm exterior retreats in winter. These areas will be also kept warm with radiant surface heating technologies. The necessary heat will be extracted from an ice cave, partially exposed to the sun. This cold moment on the other hand will be designed to host a super-climatic environment in winter and offer a comfortable space in summer. The heat transfer from chilled to heated spaces will be performed with an efficient heat pump, which in turn, will be supplied with electricity generated through photovoltaic cells integrated into the canopy structure.