Winner of Sokolniki Park Competition announced

Groundlab (UK), WOWHAUS (Russia), and “Urbanica” (Russia) have been announced as the winners of Sokolniki Park design competition. Sokolniki Park is the Moscow’s largest park (515,7 ha) and the winning design is set to be used as the conceptual framework for Sokolniki Park development over the next 15 years. “The Embassy of Nature” was selected by the international jury through voting at Moscow Department of Culture.




The final ranking of entries is as follows:
1. Groundlab (UK), WOWHAUS (Russia), the Saint-Petersburg-based Institute of Spatial Planning “Urbanica” (Russia);
2. DEBARRE DUPLANTIERS ASSOCIES (France), Ingerop (France), Prostor (Russia), Fetish Film (Russia), RDNK (Russia);
3. Turenscape (China), Strelka Сonsulting Bureau (Russia), MIX Design Studio, AECOM LLC (Russia) and
3. LOLA landscape architects (the Netherlands), aZon (Russia), TALLER 301 (Colombia), Land + Civilization Compositions (the Netherlands), Symboisis Grontmij Belgium NV (Belgium), STUDIO TRANSFORMER (Russia), POLYESTER;
5. Ilex Paysages et Urbanisme(France), Wagon Landscaping (France), Real Landscape (Russia);
6. MLA+ B.V. OPENFABRIC Landscape for Contemporary City (the Netherlands), OPAS Architecture and Urban Strategies (the Netherlands);
7. Institute of environmental engineering and research (Russia), Liga-Alef (Russia);
8. OKRA (the Netherlands), PIAR(Russia);
9. Ove Arup & Partners Interantional Limited (UK).

The jury included:
Marina Lyulchuk, Deputy chairperson, director of GKU United Directorate Mosgorpark;
Olga Gritsan, Deputy chairperson, head of the Department for the Development of Parkland, GKU United Directorate Mosgorpark;
Julia Kudryashova, Deputy chief of the Moscow city department of natural resources management and environmental protection;
Dr. Digby Whyte, Chief Executive of the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration;
Taisia Volftrub, President of the Association of Landscape Architects of Russia, Chief Landscape Architect for Empire Architects & Interior Designers;
Elena Gonzalez, curator, architecture critic;
Elena Solovyova, Head of Scientific Research Association Regulation of urban development on the historical areas and areas of protection zones of cultural heritage of the State Unitary Enterprise (GUP) Research and Design Institute General Plan of Moscow ;
Gabriele Filippini, architect, Head of Studio Arch Gabriele Filippini, professor ;
Muriel Rousseau-Ovchinnikov, Founder and art director of Lieu Commun agency, artist, designer, illustrator;
Evgenia Galetka, Managing Partner and CEO of the Journey event agency;
Natalia Matveeva, Head of division of monuments of landscape art, Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage;
Julia Shakhnovskaya, Director of the Polytechnical Museum;
Natalia Danilina, Director of the “Zapovedniki” Eco-Education Centre.

Eugene Asse, architect, artist, MARCH Moscow School of Architecture founder and dean confirmed that the competition was a success – first and foremost, because the judges did not agree on any of the points. This is great since this proves credibility and quality of the concepts presented. I’ve got two favorites at once – MLA and WOWHAUS. MLA presented a theme natural park, very unusual and truly modern, a unique one. WOWHAUS has lots of definitive and appropriate ideas. It is obvious that this team has firsthand knowledge of the park.

Image Credit | Groundlab (UK), WOWHAUS (Russia),  and “Urbanica” (Russia);

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