Central Park in Istra, Moscow Region

In Central Park in Istra, Moscow region, Basis Architectural Bureau tells us about the goal of creating a modern eco-park for communication between visitors of different ages.

Despite its small size, Istra-town has the potential to develop tourism, residential and transport infrastructure. Its historical and cultural heritage was formed due to the New Jerusalem Monastery. The heart of the complex is the Resurrection Cathedral of the late 17th century.

The Central Park, which was renovated by Basis Architectural Bureau, has always been a favorite place of leisure for the city residents. Local public has formed a request to preserve the existing park functions, update outdated paving, lighting and playgrounds.

Illuminated trail
Photography: Basis Architectural Bureau

The architects aimed to create a modern eco-park for communication between visitors of different ages. The new pedestrian route lays along the river, connecting the Istra railway station with the New Jerusalem Monastery and passing through the picturesque points of the park. The new path should replace the existing one and move pedestrian flows to the recreational area.

The park is equipped with attention to the ecology of the place and has strict regulations for protected natural areas. The natural relief of the park with pronounced elevation changes, slopes, ravines and plains, strengthened with the help of viewpoint balconies. The cleared floodplain meadow was successfully preserved. The natural reservoir Lake Podkova – the oxbow lake of the Istra River — will be restored in the future.The dominant visual of the territory is the ensemble of the New Jerusalem Monastery, located 1.5 kilometers away. A view of the white- stone monastery in the distance opens from the pedestrian bridge “floating” over the ravine. The selected materials: natural stone and wood, are a semantic reference to the historical ensemble.

Swing area
Photography: Basis Architectural Bureau

The white-painted art objects, benches and pergolas harmonize in the panorama with the silhouette of the monastery, while remaining minimalist in a modern way. As a result of the transformation, the residents of the town received a modern park with a new entrance group, swings, a tactile garden, viewing platforms, an updated road and path network, lighting and playgrounds.
In the future, it is planned to place quiet recreation areas, approaches to the water, observation platforms from viewpoints, walking routes on the territory; organized infrastructure for outdoor activities – ring cycle routes, in winter – ski slopes.

Photography: Basis Architectural Bureau

Project team: Ivan Okhapkin, Konstan!in Pastukhov, Polina Pavlova, Shevtsova Valeria, Palchikov Dmitry, Garnenko Alexandra, Anna Anisimova, Andrey Kverkveladze, Sergey Kozlov Socio / Partners: Urbanica
Customer: Istra town administra!ion, The Ministry of landscape and public space development of Moscow region