Zaryadye Park, Moscow; Zaryadye Park, Moscow;

Zaryadye Park, Moscow

Amazing engineering solutions for Moscow’s first public park for 50 years

Zaryadye Park is a new park in the center of Moscow, located on the former site of Hotel Rossiya. Dating back to 1365 and situated a stone’s throw from Moscow’s Red Square, Zaryadye is the oldest trading settlement outside the Kremlin walls. In 2013, the Government of Moscow commissioned an international competition to develop the area. 

As part of the winning international consortium, Arup was invited to join the American architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro as their lighting consultant. In collaboration with the architects, landscape architects and a local lighting partner, our specialists were responsible for the lighting design of the park, including landscape lighting, façade lighting, and lighting control consultation, for the park

Project Summary


16th century park converted into one of the most modern Russian green areas

1.5millionsquare foot park

1stnew large first new large park in the capital for almost 50 years

In the architects’ concept, Zaryadye comprises a series of “unscripted” pathways; park users are encouraged to “lose themselves” in a landscape that encourages integration and celebrates the amplitude of regions across Russia by artificially emulating each of their climates: the steppe, the forest, the wetlands and the tundra. The park also houses a welcome/exhibition centre, restrooms and spaces for events, and a bridge.

Atmospheric and functional lighting

The lighting scheme frames visual destinations for contemplation and pleasure, presenting the visitor with sensory surprises. Luminosity reflects from textured walls, glowing orbs bob in wetlands, and viewed through trees, seemingly kinetically shaped light-poles align to the wind directions. 

Working closely with architects, our design orchestrates discoveries of illuminated features throughout the landscape; evoking the mystery of the stars, reflections and colours of the Russian nights, landforms, fauna and flora. 

This project highlights the capabilities of our truly experienced and highly artistic international lighting team and what can be achieved through a solid design from the beginning that can be interpreted in the right way locally for implementation by partners. ” Christoph Gisel Christoph Gisel Senior Lighting Designer

We selected two contrasting light phenomena to represent the natural beauty of the Russian landscape: smoothly glowing and pointillist sparkle. We also developed a signature pole and fixture family that both provide a cohesive physical presence and punctuate the journey throughout the park.

After its opening in 2017, the park has become one of the most important contemporary spaces in Moscow.