8 teams selected for Tuchkov Buyan Park design competition

The International Jury of the Competition for Landscape Architectural Concepts for Tuchkov Buyan Park Met in Saint Petersburg. Representatives of the city administration, experts in historical heritage preservation and the best landscape architects in the world reviewed 229 applications from 50 countries around the world.  

The eight competitors selected were

Studio 44, Russia, Saint Petersburg;

Agence Ter, Philippe Rahm Architects, France;

Bjarke Ingels Group, United States;

JV Vogt, Switzerland (together with Herzog de Meuron);

Kengo Kuma and Associates, Japan;

Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, France.

According to the competition terms, two of the eight competitors are teams of emerging professionals:

Khvoya (Needles), Russia, Saint Petersburg;

Praxys paysage & territoire, France.

In the process of developing their design concepts, competitors will be guided by the Competition Brief, published on the competition site: https://park-spb.ru/eng. The Brief was prepared by the Competition’s Technical Committee, which features specialists in the nine key fields of the project, representatives from the Saint Petersburg General Plan Institute and the Urban Planning and Architecture Committee of Saint Petersburg. 

On 17 February, both Russian and international teams will have their first chance to visit the park project site. After this, participants can start work on their concepts which will be reviewed at the second Jury Session on 28–29 May. The winning and two runner-up concepts will then be chosen.

Competition schedule:

  • Applications accepted from 15 November 2019 to 15 January 2020
  • First jury session and selection of 8 finalists: 3–4 February 2020
  • Development of design concepts: 5 February through 8 May 2020
  • Second jury session to select winner and two finalists: 28–29 May 2020
  • Announcement of competition results: 3–6 June 2020


Chief Architect of Saint Petersburg, Chairman of the Committee for Urban Planning and Architecture, Russia 

Architectural historian, Art History PhD, Honored Cultural Worker of the Russian Federation, Russia

Honored Architect of the Russian Federation, President of the Saint Petersburg Union of Architects, Russia

Member of the Union of Architects of Russia and the Union of Artists of Russia, Member of the Union of German Architects (BDA), member of the Moscow branch of the International Academy of Architecture and Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, Russia

Director of the Legacy of Baron Stieglitz Foundation, author of the idea and organiser of the Imperial Gardens of Russia Festival, Member of the Association of Landscape Architects of Saint Petersburg (SPBOLA), Member of the Guardian Council for Historical Gardens and Parks, Member of the Society for Russian Manor House Studies (OIRU), Russia

YURI ISAEVICH ZEMTSOV (in an advisory capacity)
Distinguished Architect of the Russian Federation, active member of MAAM, professor at the Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, member of the Secretariat of the Saint Petersburg Union of Architects and the Union of Architects of Russia

Botanist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, inventor of a modern vertical hydroponic garden, France

Member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP Institute), Germany

Landscape architect, co-founder and Managing Partner of Topotek 1, Germany

Landscape architect, representative of the International Union of Architects (UIA), Switzerland

Professor of Urbanism at the Graduate School of the Architecture Association, London; alternate representative of the UIA, United Kingdom

Landscape architect, director of Djao-Rakitine Ltd., Mayor’s Design Advocate at Mayor of London, United Kingdom

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