UK-based engineering consultant Buro Happold has won an international competition to design the Zaryadye Park in Moscow.
Buro Happold will work with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hargreaves Associates on the development, which will deliver a new cultural centre and civic centre.
The project, which will provide a new cultural hub for the city, will feature new museum and gallery spaces, new restaurant and retail spaces, an ice cave, and education and park management facilities.
After completion, the project will also include 20,000m² of underground parking and an special events space.
Buro Happold said the park will be constructed on 13 acres of land near the Kremlin and Red Square.
The design is based on the principle of wild urbanism, a hybrid landscape where the natural and the built environment will be constructed together to create a new type of public space.
Buro Happold said the design intends to create a park which will feature the heritage of Moscow and Russia, while using the latest construction technologies and sustainability strategies.
Being located centrally, the park is expected to draw more than eight million people per year.
Buro Happold senior engineer Paul Roberts said one of the engineering challenges on the project is the large grid shell designed to house the new Moscow Philharmonic Hall, an important 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," Roberts added.
Image: The park’s central location is expected to host more than eight million visitors annually. Photo: Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro.