Moscow is swiftly shrugging off its post-industrial stereotype by increasing investments in stunning urban design and green public space projects. Local design studio Wowhaus leads this charge with their groundbreaking transformation of the deserted Krymskaya embankment into a new, transit-oriented city landmark. Once an underused four-lane highway, Muzeon Park is now Moscow’s first year-round urban park.
Located along the edge of the Moskva River, the renovated embankment is linked with nearby Gorky Park and an existing six mile long pedestrian and cycle path. Starting at the Krymskaya bridge, Muzeon Park is divided into four zones: an outdoor performance area with illuminated benches made of artificial stone and wood; a wooden artists’ exhibition building, or vernissage, capped by a dramatic wave-shaped roof; a central fountain zone that features dynamic lighting and water jets; and the passive “Green Hills” which include lush, raised planting beds that wrap around winding pedestrian walkways.
“In summer the wave-shaped multi-level layout can be used for walking, cycling or roller skating, while in winter it is a perfect setup for sledging skating or skiing,” says Wowhaus. As a nod to the river, a wave motif is used to tie the linear design together from the wave-shaped benches and planting beds to the wave-inspired vernissage roof and cycling pathways. The Krymskaya embankment also features four glass pavilions that will be used for cafe, retail, and bike rental space.