I.Metshin: “We will implement a project on the right bank of the Kazanka River that will decorate the city for many years”
Today, the winners of the International architectural competition for the
best concept for the development of the right bank of the Kazanka River were
named at the Kazan City Hall. The jury awarded the second and third places to six
projects. It was decided not to award the first place. Ilsur Metshin, the Mayor
of Kazan, noted at a press conference that the competition allowed setting a
One hundred eighty-eight applications were submitted for participation in
the competition. Fifty projects from 19 countries reached the final. Out of
these, 27 were designed by architectural bureaus of 11 regions of Russia, 21-by
foreign ones, and 2 more projects were developed by mixed Russian-foreign
“There was a very intensive discussion. It is worth a lot to gather such a
large number of respected experts together. It was a great pleasure to
communicate with them. Now we have to implement a project that will decorate the
city for many years. We have heard the opinions of professionals in various
fields. It took some time to delve into all the details. It was very important
for us that the proposed ideas fit into our concept of the development of
Kazanka and future park here”, - said Ilsur Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, chair
of the jury of the competition.
According to I.Metshin, each of the projects has unique details, so it was
difficult for the jury to come to a common opinion. He also reminded that under
the terms of the competition, participants share their ideas, but the investor have
a right to combine several ideas together to develop a final version.
The second place was awarded to the architectural bureau DUERIG AG from
Zurich, the design studio Borgos Pieper, which is represented by architects
from Spain and England, as well as the Architectural Workshop Old Kazan from
the capital of Tatarstan (designers - Pavel Tinyaev, Elena Kornilova, Lilya Zakieva,
Milyausha Fattakhova, Rafael Safiullin).
Three third places were awarded to the consortium GPC-PHOSPHORIS from Russia
and France, the consortium LAMPA community RU (Kate Kuznetsova, Anastasia
Nudina, Alexander Sokolov, Artem Solovev, Anna Demidova), p.m. (personal message)
RU / ECU, OBSERVATORY NL, which brought together specialists from the
Netherlands, Ecuador and Russia and team of architects from Moscow and St.
“It is very pleasant that there are representatives of Kazan among the
prize-winners. I am happy that our guys entered the top”, - the Mayor said.
The jury paid attention not only to the functionality of the projects, but
also to the appearance. The participants of the competition had to create an
architectural ensemble that harmoniously fits into the panorama of the Kazanka
water area. The design supposed to reflect the cultural characteristics of the
region and not interfere with the visual perception of the ensemble of the
Kazan Kremlin. The total amount of the prize fund was 8.1 million rubles.
According to Sergei Skuratov, a member of the Moscow Architectural Council,
the participants had to work with one of the most challenging and interesting
places in the city. He noted that the decision not to award the first place was
made since it was a contest of ideas and many works needed further development.
For reference, the participants of the competition had to create a concept
for the development of the territory with a total area of 8.9 hectares, bounded
by S.Khakima Street, the territory of the Riviera hotel complex, the Kazanka
water area and the future park.