The Shimmering Park near the Kremlin walls - A fresh look at the Russian identity
Architect: Basis architectural bureau
Location: Kolomna, Moscowregion, Russia | View Map
Project Year: 2018
It was important for architects to preserve the identity of the historical place when working with the small square near the walls of the Kremlin in Kolomna (a small Russian town located three hours of Moscow). That is why a clinker brick imitating the brick from the Kremlin wall is used in the paving. The shape of wooden lamps for the landscape lighting is taken from the elements of the Kremlin towers. Landscaping is a unique feature for the new space: the brick paving gradually transitions into the fresh lawn, and the preserved mature trees provide comfortable shade.
Ivan Okhapkin，Basis architectural bureau（莫斯科）：作为建筑师，我们希望传达一个小县城的“家一样”的氛围，所以我们保持了人的比例，并使用了“温暖”的自然材料。在晚上，空间被内置的聚光灯改变。克里姆林宫城墙背景下的广场灯光四射，成为科洛姆纳旅游线路上一个新的“想看”景点。
Ivan Okhapkin, Basis architectural bureau (Moscow): We, as architects, wanted to convey a «home-like» atmosphere characteristic of a small county town, so we kept the human scale in the proportions and used «warm» natural materials. In the evening, the space is transformed by the built-in spot lighting. The square with a scattering of lights against the background of the Kremlin wall becomes a new «wanna see» attraction in the tourist route of Kolomna.