wowhaus reshapes krymskaya embankment into urban park
wowhaus reshapes krymskaya embankment into urban park wowhaus reshapes krymskaya embankment into urban park
jan 05, 2014

wowhaus reshapes krymskaya embankment into urban park

wowhaus reshapes krymskaya embankment into urban park
all images courtesy of wowhaus




russian studio wowhaus has transformed the  krymskaya embankment in moscow into an urban landscape that can be activated all year round. the new park seeks to integrate moscow’s underdeveloped embankments into the city life. turning a quiet four-lane road into a new landmark, the renovated area of muzeon park has given a sense of life to the deserted site between along the moskva river. a key element of the design is the wave-shaped multilevel layout, which can be used for walking, cycling or roller-skating in the summer and sledding, skating or skiing in the winter. the use of perennial plants have been applied to the landscaping as they do not require replanting every year, also lindens in special boxes help to keep the rootstock compact, while also being equipped with ventilation and watering systems, helping the trees survive in the aggressive urban environment.



 a wave-shaped multilevel urban park has turned a quiet four-lane road into a new landmark



the park area was divided into four parts for planning purposes: an area in front of the bridge, an artists’ zone around a ‘vernissage’ pavilion, the fountain square and ‘green hills’. a transit zone connecting gorky park with the krymsky embankment provides shelter from the rain as a stage, and two wooden amphitheatres have also been built. 28 solid surface and metal benches illuminated from the inside are scattered to provide safety for pedestrians and cyclists from muzeon to gorky park.



the embankment is filled with wave-shaped benches, pedestrian and cycling features



perennial plants have been used as they do not require replanting every year



the area is near the central house of artists and the park lamps highlight its architectural expression



a colorful lighting scheme was used to go with the water streams of the ‘dry’ fountain



the park area was divided into four parts for planning purposes



a transit zone connecting gorky park with the krymsky provides shelter from the rain



the entrance to muzeon is a 210 meter wooden vernissage with a wave-shaped feature



view of the new urban landscape



the leisure zones are found in the eastern part of the embankment



night time illumination makes the park accessible and attractive for guests 24 hours a day



project info:


area of the krymskaya embankment: 45 000 m2
length of the embankment: 1 km
area of planting: 10 700 m2
planting: 44 726 perennial and ornamental plants, 96475 bulbous plants, 485 trees and bushes.
number of flowerbeds and hills: 34, 3 of which are breast walls
area of paving: 24 318 m2
length of bicycle lanes: 4684 m2
light: 1419 light fixtures
fountain info: fountain dimensions – 12m х 60 m, 203 sprayers
area: pavilion on the fountain square – total area 275 m2, pavilion on ”green hills” – total area 35 m2, bike rental pavilion: total area 200 m2.
bureau partners: dmitry likin, oleg shapiro
leading project architect: mikhail kozlov
architects: maria gulida, alena zaytseva, roman kuchukov, darya melnik, tatyana polyakova, anna proshkuratova, anastasia rychkova, tatiana skibo, yarmarkina; with the participation of yuriy belov, anna karneeva, olga lebedeva, anastasia maslova
senior project engineers: dmitry belostotsky, ivan mikhalchuk
planting: anna andreeva
lighting: anna harchenkova
constructors of pavilions: nussli (consulting), werner sobek
artificial landscape consulting: LDA design
fountain and electricity engineering: adline
chief design contractor: MAHPI
main contractor: MISK
client: muzeon / mosgorpark/moscow department of culture



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