Central Gorky Park was inaugurated in 1928 and immediately became famous for being an outstanding model of the avant-garde architecture. The Park occupies an iconic place in post-Soviet history in the light of the major socio-economic changes in the early 1990s. Like most public spaces in Russia, the Park is now in a state of transition and urgently requires new design initiatives to take it into the 21st century.
Whilst safeguarding the area’s huge wealth of historical buildings and landscapes, it is envisaged that the regeneration of the Park presents a unique opportunity to set a new benchmark for public space design in Russia and return the Park to its former glory as the social heart of the city.
The Park should become one of the World’s largest and longest urban parks, combining Central Gorky Park, Neskuchny Garden and Vorobyovy Hills in one riverside complex.
The main purpose of Identity Mapping is the creation of a firm basis for further development of the Conceptual Framework, which will contain the main directions of development, principles and approaches to renovation and improvement of the Park.
Moscow is worthily standing in the leading position among Europe’s largest metropolises, and the 120 hectares of Gorky Park territory have enormous potential to bring it out. There is a wonderful opportunity to return the Park to it’s former status of an iconic showplace for Moscow residents and guests. We propose to create a series of public spaces which, being based on Moscow’s heritage would at the same time point out new directions in public space design both in Russia and abroad.
The identity of Gorky Park is about civicness. We begin by asking ourselves how we want visitors to engage with the park. Ours is a role of promoting and provoking urban engagement.
Gorky Park Concept Development, 2012
The Administration Gorky Park
Moscow, Russian Federation
Cultural Research + Identity Mapping + Concept Vision
Research + Concepting: Mendel Robbers
Research + Copywriting: Pieter Waterdrinker
Graphic Design: Matthew Fahey
Territory of Gorky Park, Neskuchny garden and Vorobyovskaya embankment