ZAR — Pavilion interiors, Moscow, ‘Zaryadiye’ Park
The Government Of Moscow
8 130 m2
In 2016, a competition within the framework of the “Zariadiye” Park project was held for interior design solutions for 3 pavilions comprising part of the park’s service infrastructure. Leading Russian architecture firms were invited to take part in the competition. The Progress Company’s design was one of five finalists.
Within the overall concept for the “Zariadiye” Park history and tradition come together with futuristic technologies and designs. Visitors to the park will be able to not only spend leisure time there, but acquaint themselves with Russia’s cultural and natural heritage. “Media Center”, “Ice Cavern” and “Preserve Mission” interiors will be integrated with the complex park landscape and designed to not only handle all types of year-round events, but also provide visitors with various information services. In the “Media Center” space, the largest of the three, films on the cultural and natural wealth and history of Russia will be shown, and there will also be lectures, concerts, and other events targeting the widest possible audience. The “Ice Cavern” will be equipped with special climate control equipment to maintain a sub-zero temperature. The resulting artificial “ice grotto” will be used as an exhibit hall for ice sculptures as well as a place to host workshops for artists working with this capricious material. The “Preserve Mission” will become a comprehensive scientific-education center dedicated to ecology, garden and park art, and the park industry.
For the competition the Progress architectural firm presented for each of the pavilions two concepts, distinct from each other in terms of their main theme and means of interpretation. The first received the name “Indivisibility”, the second “Unity”.
The “Indivisibility” concept takes as it’s starting point the main idea of “Zariadiye” Park – an artificial, man-made landscape representing the basic climatic zones of Russia, a landscape made possible with the use of innovative designs. The interiors of the pavilions are presented as the high-technology reverse side of the exterior park landscape – the backstage, so to speak, of a theatre. The space is formed by means of a modular system depicting the structure of an atom or digital information bits. The structure for each of the pavilions emerges from the elements comprising its overall shape. In the “Media Center”, these are cubic in form, in the “Ice Cavern”, triangular, and in the “Preserve Mission”, spherical. Backlighting is embedded into the complex modular structures. Media screens used for the siding and finishing of each of the premises take on a striking look against a background of white interiors imbued with diffuse lighting, reminding one of shots from a science-fiction movie.
The second concept, in quite laconic and futuristic form, is a reflection of the idea of the unity of the natural diversity of Russia. Pavilion interiors are comprised of plastic volumes with interactive, multimedia surfaces, a system with embedded backlighting and other technologies able to perform various functions depending on the theme and content of the pavilion's cultural program. Serving as the basic element of the “Media Center” is a plastic volume stretching diagonally over the whole space of the pavilion reminding one of a streaming current. Reflected in its face are a multitude of associations, while its creators consciously opted to also give viewers the opportunity to find in this impressive design something uniquely meaningful for themselves. Thanks to a membrane made of an LED grid, varied visual information can be projected onto this volume. In the “Ice Cavern” a backlighting system allows for visualization by means of color reflecting the difference in surface temperatures as people move through the pavilion, while connecting visitors located there via light lines. The luminescent free-standing ramp in the "Preserve Mission” is a logical extension of the sculptural composition in the media-center, expressing the idea of unity, concentration, and scientific inspiration.