Zaryadye Park Opens in Moscow

Moscow’s newest and first major park in nearly 60 years has now opened to the public. Located along the Moscow River and within proximity to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Red Square and the Kremlin, Zaryadye Park creates an ambitious modern design by combining the past and future simultaneously.

In 2013, the Moscow city government launched an international architectural competition to develop the site into a public park. Won by Diller Scofidio & Renfro (DS&R) using their ‘wild urbanism’ concept, the company combined the design of Moscow’s historic environment with nature. The park features Russia’s four diverse geographical biomes: forest, steppe, tundra, and wetlands. The park even includes an ice cave labyrinth and a ‘floating bridge’ that extends from the Moscow River and loops back to the park.

Barker Langham worked with Strelka Institute and the Moscow city government by serving as part of the jury committee, offering guidance and expert advice considering important factors of the site including the park’s historical and archaeological significance and its relationship with the neighbouring UNESCO World Heritage sites. Additionally, Barker Langham developed a business case and a functional programme design for the project.