February 11, 2019

«THE NEW FACE OF THE CITY»: A RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT, A PARK, A MEGA-EVENT VENUE

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE AREA IN YEKATERINBURG PREVIOUSLY RESERVED FOR EXPO-2025
The area of 600 hectares in Verkh-Isetstkyi district in Yekaterinburg, which had been reserved for EXPO-2025 international exposition, might be used for the construction of 1 million square meters of residential properties, a park and a street network. ARCHINFORM bureau, led by Timur Abdullaev, the former Chief Architect of the city, has joined the development of the planning design. The bureau itself has confirmed this information to Znak.com. So did the 'LSR. Development – Ural' company, which was appointed by the Mayor's office late last year to deal with this project (a corresponding directive was signed by Aleksandr Vysokinskyi, the Head of Yekaterinburg).
Yekaterinburg participated in the competition for hosting the EXPO-2025 international exposition, but in November 2018, it lost to Osaka (Japan). After that, the authorities withdrew the reservation from the area in Verkh-Isetstkyi district, within the Tatishcheva Street – Yuriya Islamova Street – Metallurgov Street zone, as well as from the Verkh-Isetskyi pond waterfront, where EXPO park had been planned. However, it has been decided not to abandon the plans of developing this part of the city, and LSR, which owns 20 out of 600 hectares of the area, has agreed to develop a design for planning and demarcation of the area, for free.

The developer, in turn, has invited Timur Abdullaev to this project – his ARCHINFORM bureau prepared an architectural concept for the development of EXPO park last year and won the second prize in the international competition (the first prize was given to the French bureau Bechu & Associés). Now, ARCHINFORM's concept is to be used as the basis for the development of the area planning.
«Today, when entering Yekaterinburg via Novomoskovskyi Trakt, visitors see a picture far from radiant: a lifeless wasteland that should become the new face of the Ural capital. Our company cares for the future of this city. Last year, LSR Group offered a concept for VIZ Pravoberezhnyi development, which we had developed for free; however, for some reason, it was not approved by the city council. Still, a crucial result was achieved: we attracted attention to this area', LSR Group public affairs office commented».

'We have already started geologic, geodesic, ecologic and hydrogeological investigations on the site. The project will include access ways to the new neighborhood, residential quarters, and the entire necessary social and transport infrastructure', the company's public affairs office concluded.
'We have been working on this site for quite a while now, and already at the stage of participation in the international competition for the architectural concept of EXPO-2025 area development we set the task of not simply offering a colorful creative solution (like many other participants), but of finding a comprehensive and balanced development pattern for the whole area, as it is a large-scale city planning project, which will define the development of this part of the city for several decades ahead. The task involved not only the concept of EXPO park – the expositional area itself – but the development of a city planning solution for the new large urban residential area, including its social and infrastructural development', Timur Abdullaev, the founder of ARCHINFORM, said.

According to Timur, the central residential zone may accommodate about 1 million square meters of residential properties of various types: from more comfortable properties nearby the water to more budget-friendly options near Metallurgov Street. 'For a long time, this city area has been a reservation zone for future mega-events, but now, according to our concept, the whole area is to be divided into several functional zones.
Approximately 160 hectares in the western part, beyond the peripheral transport ring and along the waterfront line, will remain a reserve for hosting big international events. As for the central and the eastern parts of the area (the latter now being close to the already existing development in the VIZ district), they will develop as a new residential district of Yekaterinburg. Tatishcheva and Kraulya streets will extend westwards and will become major traffic arteries, which will provide living in this area. Apart from that, considering the plans for underground development, the district may get a modern and convenient transport hub for the residents, linking numerous types of transport: the terminal underground station, trolleybus stop, tram stop, bus stop and coach station. Intercept parkings will also appear here, for the visitors to the city to be able to use the public transport system comfortably', Abdullaev added.
At the same time, the most important element of the concept by ARCHINFORM is saving the big recreational zone north to Tatishcheva Street. 'In essence, this is about turning the whole waterfront zone from VIZ Pravoberezhnyi to Malyi Konnyi peninsula into one big park space. All kinds of public functions for recreation can be implemented there; such as the waterfront zone, dockyards for yachts, piers, berths, recreation zones, maybe, cafes and, of course, landscape beautification. From our perspective, this whole area should not be subject to development. It should preserve a municipal recreational atmosphere', the architect is convinced.
There are several major questions as well, including the one regarding the planning of a street network and engineering communications. 'These questions definitely require serious comprehensive thought with the involvement of developers, operating companies and city administration', Abdullaev concluded.
Source: Znak.com