Open International Competition for development concept of Gorky Central Park in Krasnoyarsk

11 August – 15 December 2020
Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarsk Region

Open international competition for the development of the concept for the development of the Central Gorky Park of Krasnoyarsk was organized by RUSAL with the support of the Government of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Administration of the city of Krasnoyarsk and the Gorky Central Park. The organizer of the competition is the Agency for Strategic Development CENTER.

Competitive object

Gorky Central Park in Krasnoyarsk with a total area of 15 hectares. Year of foundation: 1828. The Central Park of Krasnoyarsk is one of the favorite recreation places of the townspeople, as well as an object of cultural heritage. The park is located on the left bank of the Yenisei and covers an area of 15 hectares. It was founded back in 1828 as a city garden and dacha of the first governor of the Yenisei province, Alexander Stepanov. At the beginning of its formation, the park was considered one of the best in Siberia. During the Soviet period, the first children's railway in Russia was built in the park and attractions were installed.

Photo provided RUSAL


Development of the concept for the development of the Central Park named after Gorky, Krasnoyarsk. The main goal of this competition will be to improve the quality and comfort level of the urban environment, improve the overall image of the city, as well as increase its attractiveness for tourists. The park occupies a special place in the city's infrastructure and is an important component of its development strategy. Among its advantages are good transport accessibility and the presence of objects of potential tourist interest nearby.


International, two-stage, open.

Alexander UssGovernor of Krasnoyarsk Region, Chairman of the Jury

The discussion really was quite intense. There was no single leader about whom we could have said, yes, we shall be getting that project started tomorrow. All three finalists had ideas that were worth respecting, paying attention to, and used for the final project. The project design process has very tight deadlines, and we are supposed to start actual work by May, so we are really hoping that our finalists join together in a single team, working side by side to try and create something that each of them is going to be proud of.


Russian and foreign professional organizations in the field of design, landscape architecture, development of concepts for the development of public spaces.


Representatives of the Competition Initiator, representatives of the executive authorities of Krasnoyarsk and the Krasnoyarsk Territory, as well as experts in the field of architecture, public spaces, urban planning, and landscape architecture.


Based on the results of the selection stage, 3 finalists will be selected based on the relevant portfolio and essay, who will be engaged in the development of competitive proposals. The winner will be the author of the best competitive proposal based on the results of voting by the members of the Jury of the competition.

Prize fund

The three finalists who will develop the final bids will be paid a remuneration of 900,000 rubles, including all taxes and fees.

Based on the results of the jury meeting, the finalists in accordance with the distribution of prizes will be paid an additional payment, including all taxes and fees in the appropriate amount:

1st place - 1,800,000 rubles.

2nd place - 1,000,000 rubles.

3rd place - 500,000 rubles.



Russian-British consortium led by MAParchitects (Moscow, Russia)

Participants: LDA Design Consulting (Peterborough, Great Britain), Sarner International Limited (Kingston-upon-Themes, Great Britain)

The land has long provided a reason to live in this corner of Russia, mining, forestry, and farming have long been a pull, our concept for Gorky Central Park will be to celebrate, educate and revive the people of Krasnoyarsk through a world class park built on history, heritage and the power of her people with the help of our forward thinking and committed client – RUSAL.

Consortium will provide what is so often missing, the everyday enjoyment, mystery, and intrigue that a Park of this importance can give. It will be a catalyst to regeneration providing activities, facilities, and recreation for people of all ages. The Park will be for everyone and will be a reason to stay.

Big idea of the company brings four key themes – Heritage, Culture, Health and Wellbeing to the plan. Amazing sunken play spaces, elevated mountain forts, biodiverse water gardens, an outdoor cinema, hot tubs, a viewing platform, fire pits, media centre, landmark gateways, ice skating and a great lawn all linked by the rejuvenated railway make this park, all that is missing is you.


Russian-French consortium led by MLA+ (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)

Participants: Project development (Krasnoyarsk, Russia), Practice (Paris, France), UrbanPro (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)

The City Garden of the XXI century finds a new meaning. It is not just a key element in the structure of green spaces in the historic city center. It has a genetic code – this is a place that still stores fragments of the relict Yenisei pine forest. It will become the starting point of a new Krasnoyarsk, which is impregnated by nature. Krasnoyarsk is the city in the forest. Our strategy is to bring back forest to the city. It is necessary to remove all discordant facilities and functions extraneous to the park, taking it out off-site.

Consortium returns silence to Krasnoyarsk residents, allow them to disconnect from the city noise. In the City Garden you can be in nature, without leaving the city. The City Garden becomes a place where people become thinkers and contemplators, gain peace of mind and tranquility. A City Garden reduces stress on the sensory organs and human attention.

Designed today, the City Garden remembers the historical eras that it witnessed. The company is not proposing a “modern replica”- they integrating history into modernity, maintaining the sense of identity of Krasnoyarsk residents. In a metaphorical and partly literal sense, the City Garden is a journey into the past. This allows, in particular, to combine the context of the park with the Historical Quarter next to it - to enhance the perception of both.

Company unfold the nature of the City Garden with a “film set” for a photographer. Thus, they turn it into the main scenery of the Krasnoyarsk citizens’ life. The City Garden will outlive generations, left in photos and Instagram posts.


Russian-Japanese consortium led by BASIS architectural bureau (Moscow, Russia)

 Participant: Junya Ishigumi Associated (Tokyo, Japan)

Basis bureau sought to fulfill 3 essential goals with this concept:

• Show the character of the region and remind of its history;

• Preserve the local identity in design elements and details;

• Create a park people can be proud of.

The updated park will host cultural events, exhibitions and workshops. There will be a number of halls for lectures and exhibitions, and also a new multi-purpose object venue with a multimedia scree, fit for any weather conditions. The architectural complex will be located underground. The walls will be finished with natural stone and in warm weather the facades will be open, so that more people could see the shows.


  • Alexander UssAlexander UssGovernor of Krasnoyarsk Region, Chairman of the Jury
  • Peter VerdyckPeter VerdyckDirector of the Provincial Parks of the Antwerp Region, Belgium, International Curator of the Competition
  • Elena BezdenezhnykhElena BezdenezhnykhVice-President of RUSAL on regional policy and government relations
  • Sergei EreminSergei EreminMayor of Krasnoyarsk
  • Sergei GeraschenkoSergei GeraschenkoDirector of School of Architecture and Design, Siberian Federal University
  • Irina KrymovaIrina KrymovaExpert on state historical and cultural expertise
  • Dmitriy NarinskiyDmitriy NarinskiyVice-President of the Union of Architects of Russia
  • Evgenii NikitinEvgenii NikitinCEO of RUSAL
  • Konstantin ShumovKonstantin ShumovChief Architect of Krasnoyarsk Region
  • Yulia SolovarovaYulia SolovarovaChief Architect of Krasnoyarsk
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