The jury for the Sokolniki Park of Culture and Rest competition have revealed their selection of ten teams shortlisted for the project. The top ten bureaus were chosen from 66 accepted applications, 38 of which were received from practices based outside Russia. Only one of the shortlisted practices is Russian.
The competition - posted by WAN’s Business Information Service (view brief) - invited entrants to define a strategy for the park over the next 15 years. The primary goal is not to increase visitor numbers as Sokolniki Park is already the most visited park in Moscow, but to redistribute the existing flow of users.
In no particular order, the shortlisted teams are as follows:
Turenscape (China, Beijing)
Ove Arup & Partners (Great Britain, London)
DEBARRE DUPLANTIERS ASSOCIES (France, Paris)
MLA + B.V. (Netherlands, Rotterdam)
WOW HAUS (Russia, Moscow)
RUBIO ARQUITECTURA (Spain, Madrid)
OKRA (Netherlands, Utrecht)
ilex Paysages & Urbanism (France, Paris)
Cruz y Ortiz arquitectos (Spain, Seville)
LOLA landscape architects (Netherlands, Rotterdam)
Juror Gabriele Filippini, architect and head of Studio Arch Gabriele Filippini, said: “Moscow is like Venice for me, but instead of water there is a different link in Moscow, the natural verdure of parks, squares, forest, while in European capitals the natural environment is usually brought to the city in an artificial way.
“Moscow should be united by joining green territories, so that you could get from park to park without going through industrial regions and close city development, so that the citizens would find it easy and comfortable to move between isles of verdure.”