The competition for the concept of the Park of the Future Generations, which will occupy a land plot of 2.4 hectares situated within a walking distance from the center of Yakutsk, was announced at the end of November. The competition was initiated by the Dedicated Fund of the Future Generations of the Sakha Republic. The organizer was the Agency for Strategic Development CENTER. The contestants had a task of creating an urban space of the new type – new by the standards of the Russian extreme north: as functional as possible, innovative, economically efficient, and used all the year round. According to the expectations of the municipal and regional authorities, the park was supposed to meet the needs of the people living in the extreme natural and living conditions, as well as reflect the national identity and the specifics of life in the northeast of Siberia.
The project was commissioned to five teams which qualified to take part in the competition. January, 23, the judging panel presided by Aisen Nikolaev, the leader of the Sakha Republic, considered all of the concepts submitted by the finalists and selected the winner in live broadcasting. The video of the final session is available here, and we are showcasing the winning project that is going to be implemented as early as by 2022, as well as the concepts by all the other finalists.
The First Place
The project “Sakha_Z” combines the functions of the park and the city’s event center. The architectural concept is based on the modern interpretation of the ancient Yakut lore, cultural images, symbols, and ornaments. The architects also drew inspiration from the local scenery with its drained lakes, meanders of rivers, and the crystals of permafrost. All of this, coupled with the technological design of the park (including the system of climatic correction) and the thought-out event program, inspired a lot of sympathy in the members of the judging panel and brought the project a flawless victory.
A special mention must be given to the construction set “SAKHABlock” that the authors developed. This is a multipurpose modular architectural and landscape system that can be used to create comfortable public spaces not only in this specific location but also in any city in the extreme north.
The Second Place
Yakutproject, Asadov Architectural Bureau, LSTK-Project
The central place in this project is occupied by the square in the form of an ancient Yakut calendar, which also symbolizes the main deity of the Sakha people – the White Sun. The square is surrounded by a complex of “hill” buildings that host an info center, a youth center, a greenhouse, and an art park. Exploring the topic of passing the cultural heritage on to the future generations, the architects expect that with each next generation the park will be growing and developing like a living and breathing organism – it will get new public spaces and activity scenarios, relevant to the people of the surrounding areas and the entire city as well.
The Third Place
ABTB, Anku Gasichsh
The multifunctional park comprises three spaces situated at different levels, each of which symbolizes a certain generation: past, present and future. The central figure is the art object named “The Keepers of Generations” that symbolizes the unity of the three worlds. The authors are planning to make the park fit for using all year round by introducing a system of hybrid spaces that will maintain a comfortable temperature at any time of the year.
The Fourth Place
iCube, SmartHeart Agency, Project Group 8, PB Start, Yakutia Landscape Design Center
The project is imbued with mythology and the ancient traditions of the Yakut people. The visitors to the park will be able not only to use it as a recreation area but also to find out more about how to get the positive energy and how to chaser off evil thoughts. And seeing some of the art objects can significantly influence what we know as human nature.
The Fifth Place
This project was inspired by the Lena River, which flows all through Yakutia. This river has a very recognizable visual image that us shown in the landscaping sketch. The affluents of the river – the trails of the park – lead to recreation areas specifically designed for different age groups. Architecture of small forms is traditional for this region but here it got a modern image and a modern set of features.
More information about the competition is available on its website.