Tatarstan President about the right bank of the Kazanka River: “A lot will depend on how we develop this territory”
Today, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov was presented with projects
for the development of the right bank of the Kazanka River. The best works were
determined based on the results of an international architectural competition.
The presentation of the concepts took place at the Kazan City Hall. It was
attended by the Head of the Staff of Tatarstan President Asgat Safarov, the
Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin, Aide to Tatarstan President Natalia
Fishman-Bekmambetova, Aide to Tatarstan President Olesya Baltusova and the
chief architect of the city Ilsiyar Tukhvatullina.
“We don't have such a site anymore. And a lot will depend on how we develop
this territory. Holding a competition is the right decision, it is a good experience
for us. The competition is a kind of foundation, and everyone will get new
knowledge, a new vision of the territory”, - Rustam Minnikhanov said.
Ilsur Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, reminded that a unique architectural
ensemble is planned to be created on the territory of 8.9 hectares, bounded by
S. Khakima Street, the Riviera hotel complex, the Kazanka water area and the
future park, the design of which is currently being developed by the French
landscape architect Michel Pena. The site does not include the territory of the
Riviera Hotel and the Aqua Park. The head of the city said that during the
competition 188 applications from 44 countries were received, 50 concepts were
submitted to the professional jury, and 23 projects were included into the
However, the experts could not determine the total winner. As a result, it
was decided not to award the first place, the second place was divided between
three teams and three more participants took the third place. In total, 6
prize-winners were determined, another team of architects was awarded by the
customer of the competition-for a thorough and original work.
“I would like to
note that in each project we see important ideas that had to be taken into
account when working on the designated territory. The jury highlighted the
functional aspects necessary for the city”, - Ilsiyar Tukhvatullina said.
According to her, after the renovation, this territory should a comfortable
environment for the citizens.
architect noted that the participants faced a difficult task with specific requirements.
The experts asked to take into account the peculiarities of this territory, the
continuity of the embankment, where 12 park zones will be located, as well as
to integrate the future multifunctional complex into the existing urban
environment, reflect the cultural peculiarities of the region and not interfere
with the visual perception of the Kazan Kremlin ensemble.
The jury members attended the meeting, representatives of foreign and
Russian architectural bureaus participated via videoconference. They noted that
for them it was a contest of ideas that set a new vector for the development of
“I'm not an expert, but I liked all the projects presented. They are all interesting
and contain fresh ideas. What we have seen today is a good foundation”, -Tatarstan