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Buro Happold wins Moscow design comp

15 Nov 13 Buro Happold’s team has won the international design competition for a new park just off Red Square in Moscow.

It is working with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hargreaves Associates on the Zaryadye Park scheme, which will deliver a new cultural centre and city-centre landscape.

The project will mark the first public park built in Moscow for over 50 years and will provide a new cultural hub for the city. Facilities include new museum and gallery spaces, restaurants and retail, ‘ice cave’ as well as education and park management buildings, 20,000m² of underground parking and an external area for special events.

It is located on 13 acres of land less than a minute’s walk from the Kremlin and Red Square. The buildings immediately surrounding the park area reflect the full spectrum of Russian architecture from the 16th to 20th centuries. The design aims to create a park borne of the heritage as well as one that draws on the latest construction technologies and sustainability strategies.  The park’s central location means that more thab eight million people are likely to pass through it annually.

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The design is based on the principle of ‘wild urbanism’, a hybrid landscape combining the natural and the built environments.

Senior engineer Paul Roberts said: “ We are thrilled to be part of the winning international team chosen to work on such a unique project. Our team represents six nations from around the world aiming to bring a global perspective and vast experience to this important project. One of the engineering challenges on the project is the large grid shell designed to accommodate the new Moscow Philharmonic Hall, a key attraction in the park. The roof canopy has emerged through a consideration of the integrated environment and energy ideals, consistent with the architect’s wild urbanism vision and concept.”

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