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​Moscow’s Zaryadye Park shortlisted for ArchDaily’s "Building of the Year" award

Author Lynsey Free
Photographer Gleb Leonov

Zaryadye Park has been nominated in the ‘Public Architecture’ category.

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The “Soaring Bridge” hovers over the Moskva River

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A meadow overlooking the Kremlin and the historic Zaryadye churches

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The glass roof of the Philharmonic Hall

It should perhaps come as no surprise that the “wild urbanism” park would inevitably turn heads. After all, it accomplished its rather lofty goal of bringing nature and people together in the heart of the Russian capital. It combines the organic and organized, the artificial and natural. Most importantly, it did all of this without overshadowing the beauty of Moscow’s skyline.

At one point, the park was merely an ambitious vision. But that vision slowly morphed into reality as the blueprints of American architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) were implemented on 13 hectares between Red Square and the Moskva River.

Today, those hectares are home to a ‘Soaring Bridge’ which is seemingly mid-flight – or perhaps levitating – above the park’s impressive list of attributes.

Four zones inside the park pay homage to Russia’s various terrains. It’s expected, and encouraged, for visitors to get lost in its offerings – from the northern landscape to the meadows, through the grasslands and into the birch-filled forest.

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The Church of the Conception of St. Anna with the Philharmonic Hall in the background.

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A view of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin

The innovative park was a long time coming, with Strelka KB managing a design competition announced by the city of Moscow back in 2013. It’s that competition that saw DS+R receive the greenlight to breathe life into its ideas, winning a contest which received 90 submissions from 27 countries.

Strelka KB also researched locations and conducted analyses to determine the economic and anthropological impact that such a project would have on Russia’s biggest and most populated city.

The winner of ArchDaily's Building of the Year Awards will be announced on February 8. 

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