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Zaryadye Park reworks its image by adding 13 further hectares that recreate Russia’s regional landscapes
A couple of months ago, Zaryadye Park in the City of Moscow has underwent a major restyling. The project was implemented under the coordination of Chief Architect Sergej Kuznetsov, in partnership with an international design consortium led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) with Hargreaves Associates and Citymakers. With 2018 World FIFA World Cup Russia right around the corner, the whole country is powdering itself, and if you are a huge Sweden fan or simply do love Russian culture, next year could be the best time to pay it a visit. And since the clock is ticking, Zaryadye Park may definitely be your go-to answer.
Aimed at celebrating Russia’s varied regional landscapes, the park artificially reproduces four major natural zones – tundra, steppe, forest and wetland. More than a million visitors have already crossed the preexisting park and its additional 13 hectares stretching right in the heart of the capital. Being the first new park ever built in Moscow over the last seventy years, Zaryadye plays a significant role in the city’s urban history, also strong of its proximity with Red Square and Kremlin.
PH: Iwan Baanm, Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro
With the suspended platform already turned into a popular landmark for selfies, visitors are offered 360-degree views of a “Wild Urbanism”, as defined in words by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Open all year round, the park is home to several pavilions hosting art and cultural initiatives – see the Philharmonic Hall, which is still under competition but on its way to open the gates just in time for FIFA World Cup’s opening tip-off.
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