Malevich Park Waterfall

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The project area is located at the entrance of the Malevich Park, in a non-green area. Its location determined the approach of the design development: it was decided to bring the new facility as close as possible to the natural environment of the surrounding areas. In order to achieve that, they used natural materials and shapes which correspond to the landscapes of the area. The natural territories characteristics of the Moscow Region were analyzed in the course of the work. That helped to identify materials that could artificially form a place with a natural character.

The main part of the park is occupied by a system of reservoirs with cascades. At the highest point of the relief there is a small pond with two waterfalls that turn into a system of streams. The site of the park is divided by pedestrian paths, which are equipped with bridges at the intersections with water streams. A ford made of stone blocks passes through the main that divides the reservoir into two parts with different levels of the water table, one of which has a fountain with illumination. The pond and waterfall are framed by blocks of rocks that are overgrown with mosses and lichens. The stream beds are made of the same material.

Recreation areas such as observation platforms and piers made of wooden flooring are organized at the main viewpoints. They provide a complete overview of the entire territory from different angles.

Walkways and small piers in the park have a special design: the piles are shifted inward from the edge of the frame, which makes them less noticeable. For the large pier, they developed another solution: metal piles are faced with halves of oak logs sealed with metal hoops.

Through the development of small architectural forms, preference was given to incisive aesthetics and natural materials with a rough texture. The piers flooring is made of larch boards, and the seating elements are made of solid timber.

The project involves the re-greening of the territory. The main greenery includes juniper, mountain pine, spirea, hawthorn and other plants. A buffer zone along the perimeter is filled with willows and small-leaved lindens.

Project details

Design: Basis architectural bureau
Project Location: Malevich Park, Odintsovo District, Moscow Region, Russia
Typology: Water feature
Built: 2023
Area: 3,68 ha
Project team: Ivan Okhapkin, Maria Repkina, Galina Kostenko, Uliana Zhomnir

 Basis architectural bureau

Basis architectural bureau

Basis works on improving cultural objects and urban areas. They specialize in unique public spaces created with attention to the context and show the identity of the place. They provide a full range of services for developing concepts, design and construction of embankments, parks, urban public spaces, cultural facilities, museums, theatres, art clusters, iconic commercial spaces and shopping centres with their own style and objectives. Each of the Basis firm’s projects is unique, meticulously designed and adapted to the surrounding context to the fullest degree. The office’s method is based on searching for the identity of the place, emphasizing its advantages, finding and reviving new meanings.