Zaryadye Park has been crowned the winner of ArchDaily's "Building of the Year" award in the category of "Public Architecture." Nearly 100,000 people cast their votes in the peer-based, crowd-sourced award.
The park was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the same architects behind High Line Park in New York City. It's the newest installation to be hosted in a historic area that was designated for the tallest of Stalin’s skyscrapers. The high-rise project was cancelled after Stalin’s death, making way for the Hotel Rossiya – the largest hotel in Europe until its demolition in 2007.
Its very existence is exciting for a city which hadn't seen a new public park be built in the last 70 years, but its varied offerings are also a pull for visitors.
Among those offerings are four zones representing Russia's varied terrain and climate zones, along with restaurants, gathering spaces, and a “wild urbanism” theme that combines city and nature.
Strelka KB managed the competition for the park in 2013 and played a major role its development, researching locations and conducting analyses to examine the economic and anthropological impact that it would have on Moscow.
The winners of ArchDaily’s competition, which takes place every year, “showcase a wide spectrum of different types of building, giving an insight into how diverse the [architecture] profession has become in recent decades.”
Winners were also announced in the following categories: Best Applied Products; Commercial Architecture; Cultural Architecture; Educational Architecture; Healthcare Architecture; Hospitality Architecture; Houses; Housing; Industrial Architecture; Interior Architecture; Offices; Religious Architecture; Small Scale Architecture; and Sports Architecture.
Text: Lynsey Free
Photos: Gleb Leonov