Article by Irmak Bilir The Riverside Terrace, by OOO “ADM”, Tatyshev Island, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation. The Riverside Terrace is a project which shows us that naturalizing a space can make a project compatible with people. Krasnoyarsk is a city, located in Siberia / Russian Federation, that is on the Yenisei River. It has a natural landscape which is shaped by the river even though it is an industrial city. The Yenisei forms some large and some small islands. Tatyshev Island is the biggest one which is in the center of Krasnoyarsk and is surrounded by urban areas but has a unique natural landscape too; therefore, it is very significant for the inhabitants of the city.
The Riverside Terrace
The Riverside Terrace, by OOO “ADM”, is located on the north side of Tatyshev Island, and shows us two simple principles which can make a project wonderful. The project is designed in harmony with the nature of the island; moreover, it thinks of mankind as a part of that ‘nature’; this is one of the two guiding principles.Let’s have a look at how the Riverside Terrace brings this principle to life The area is used for recreational activities and transportation to Tatyshev Island is provided by bridges that connect the city to this natural area. There is also river transport with a high-speed option, so it has a few ports, and bridge connections, which allows vehicular traffic. The first principle guiding this project was that the architects of OOO “ADM” planned the park’s concept on the integration of recreational and public spaces within Krasnoyarsk. The second principle was to think of man as a part of nature. The design aims to get attention with the power of primeval nature. How do These Two Simple Principles Create the Riverside Terrace? The two principles suggested the creation of a communication between people and nature within the philosophy of ecological interrelations by building a network of architectural and landscape objects. The architects state that “These objects were designed using integral modular stylistic unit “Moth” that was created especially for Tatyshev Island from our space structural building system “ADM”.” The ADM network ‘s architectural structures stylistically connect urban architecture and nature. The materials that are used for “Moth” are universalized metal joints and wooden lacings. There are lots of possible demountable architectural objects that can be built with these materials. Different sizes, shapes and functions, from kiosks and informational stands to big pavilions and covered stages are possible. Wood is natural and is good for human psychology because it doesn’t contain any electrostatic charge, so it’s healthy. For these reasons, wood is the best choice for projects which strive to make people a part of nature and to integrate urban architecture and nature. The Moth’s design was inspired by images of Siberian nature embodied in the landscape of the island and by the history of ethnic groups of the place. The second principle plays a part in this combination of influences. The building form is associated with brutal, archaic, and modern constructional and technological style codes simultaneously. The natural and versatile modeling structures made of simple nodes are used for shape-generating. It allows many forms; wood decks, terraces, benches, etc., to be created. Where Does the Terrace Appear? The terrace is located on the north shore of the island in a place where three different types of roads go along the shore. These are the main asphalt road, a running track, and a stone path. The main road allows pedestrian and traffic such as bicycles, roller skates and skateboards with two divided lanes and the running track has a special covering. These are generally separated from the bank by a line of trees although in some areas the road meets the river. The stone path continues along the river and comes down near the terrace, connecting the quiet coastal area to three terraces where a person enters a tactile interaction with nature. The Flora Near the Riverside Terrace Two big poplar trees (Populus spp.) and a line of birches (Betula spp.) are the most outstanding part of the Riverside Terrace. The poplars are useful for the banks of the river with their ecology and appearance. Especially for the vegetation season, the presence of water in the soil is required for the appropriate growth of poplars. Furthermore, the circumambient soil around their roots must be cool, a condition which is present in this area. The birches also add a great coherence to the scene with their white-colored wood. Poplars and birches are both deciduous and Krasnoyarsk’s weather has average of -6.5 degrees; moreover, it is winter for three seasons of each year. Therefore, snow is the most frequent guest to the area! When the trees defoliate, the landscape is truly amazing with the snow and wood surface of the terrace. The terrace has two levels of wood decks; on the top level, there is a sunshade made from structural “Moth” units and a bench. The beauty of Siberian nature is reflected by the complete architectural design of the Riverside Terrace. The terrace with its organic generation of forms becomes a manmade part of the natural landscape of the island. In the central public space of the island, there are two different squares with informational and exhibition stands with long benches of different shapes. A street library is also located in this area. These are examples of the first principle; integrating recreational areas and public spaces. The Riverside Terrace shows the primeval nature of Siberian beauty while thinking of man as a part of that nature and simultaneously integrates recreational and public spaces. These principles created this natural area in an industrial city where a desire for nature is generally the most desired element of all. What do you think about The Riverside Terrace project? Do you think the two principles are transferred to the design well? Let us know in the comments below! Go to comments
Full Project Credits For The Riverside Terrace:
Project Name: The Riverside Terrace Designers: OOO “ADM” Location: Tatyshev Island, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation Project Year: 2013-2014 Design Architect: Aleksei Miakota Project Team: Elena Elizarova, Ekaterina Kalashnikova, Olga Loginova, Olga Zhukova Client: MAU Direktciia sportivno-massovykh meropriiatii Photographs: Aleksei Miakota, Lidiia Gribakina Learn more about OOO “ADM”: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ADM.TechnologyFormingIdentity Recommended Reading:
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