Renewed Vorobievy Gory Park in Moscow

The viewpoint of the Vorobievy gory used to be a green balcony overlooking the Moscow River, which provides a phenomenal panoramic view of the city Moscow, Russia. This city viewpoint is a part of a complex parkland and nature reserve, which was created in the 1950s around the Moscow State University, named after Lomonosov. Since then the park has been forgotten, with poor connections within the city, to the university complex and in turn, became abandoned and unsafe.

In 2013, the territory of the reserve Vorobievy gory was transferred to Gorky Park. OKRA, in collaboration with local office Ampir, were asked to develop a revival concept of this unjustly forgotten place transferring it into a new and unique tourist destination, with a good connectivity and orientation within city, whilst preserving the fragility of the nature within the park.

The project has been designed and partially implemented in record time, the viewpoint was realised already by the end of 2014 and the rest of the park will be implemented during 2015. OKRA used not only their knowledge and experience of urban and landscape design, but managed to create a new brand for city of Moscow. The centrepiece of the park is a historic map in the pavement of the viewpoint. Illustrating to visitors that they stand on one of the important hills that the city is built upon, creating a glimpse to the historical significance of the park whilst looking over the vast city today.