Upgrade of Sadovniki Park is now complete

LDA Design helps rejuvenate popular Moscow park

The ‘reinvigoration’ of Moscow’s popular Sadovniki Park is now complete, after four months of complex upgrades and construction work.

LDA Design, was landscape architect for the project together with Russian practice Alphabet City. Together they have created ‘a beautiful modern park in a landscape of gardens, lounging lawns, play meadows and trees‘. A new pavilion overlooks garden terraces that lead to a fountain plaza, ice rink, play area and sports pitches.

According to LDA Design, ‘a triangular striated geometry provides a distinctive design language that is interpreted in the overall layout, topographic interventions and design detail’.

Works completed include new and improved paths, lighting, signage, benches, bins, arbours, bicycle parking, trees and planting and new welcoming entrances. There are also three modern play areas for children of all ages, areas for sports facilities (a multi-use court, two volleyball courts, a tennis court, table tennis, street workout, and skate park), jogging and cycling trails, a dance hall, and even a playground for dogs.

At the the centre of the 34-hectare park, which has been described by the Mayor of Moscow as ‘an exemplar in contemporary park design’, is a fountain plaza with stepped garden terraces, interactive water jets and the main pavilion, which will soon open as a café. The fountain plaza transforms into an ice rink in the winter.

The park’s Riga Garden, which dates back to 2005, and was designed by Latvian architects, has a regular structure ‘reflecting the characteristics of the Latvian capital city’. This has been completely restored and now includes new steel arches and canopies ‘with patterns reflecting the Art Deco character of Riga, paving that incorporates Riga Street names and new lighting’.

Sadovniki is one of 10 parks LDA Design has redesigned for the Moscow City Government, explains senior partner Andrew Harland. ‘In our designs, we have placed great emphasis on quality of life, wellbeing, play and recreation, working hard to create opportunities for the community, as well as providing a rich horticultural and ecological experience,’ he said.

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