Kaban Lakes Embankments Concept, 2015
Location: Russia, Kazan
Status: Concept

The Kaban Lakes embankments reconstruction concept is based on a desire to unleash high potential of the territory and to introduce positive changes in the environment through integrating the society with its roots based upon the area’s cultural patterns. We create new points of attraction for citizens and visitors of Kazan— cozy spaces and all sorts of recreational spots where people may pass the time at different distances from the water.

The project provides for extensive environmental reboot of the embankments. The reboot is based on natural purification of water realized with the help of special plants and sand. A phyto machine will float in the water freely. This phyto machine is a unique construction that looks like a pyramid island. In addition to environmental functions—continuous cleaning of large volume of water―it will become an architectural landmark too. A special swimming pool with cleaned lake water will not only allow comfortable swimming, but the water will also be continuously purified by filtering plants arranged on the swimming pool’s  borders. Wood is used as the project’s primary material. An environmentally-friendly and adequately durable material (Robinia Pseudoacacia), together with landscaping and populating the territory with special flora, will show the residents of Kazan what environmental sustainability is and what effect it has on regeneration of spaces.

The project suggests creation of new embankments and spaces. The lake is connected with the square in front of the Kamal Theatre by a sloping platform that creates the impression of a carpet slipping down to the water. A foot-bridge will connect Millenium Park and the embankment. The square in front of the Kamal Theatre will become a new event-related space―a place to arrange shopping and exhibition halls, conduct various fairs, and open an ice rink in wintertime. A new flat fountain will be arranged in front of the theatre with its sprays springing out right off the pavement.

The project is focused on creating alternative spaces and opportunities that will highlight the local culture. Timber halls, where people may conduct events and meetings and arrange commercial facilities, can be considered a tribute to art, crafts and nomadic lifestyle. The project provides for a renovation of the territory of the Petzold’s plant. The territory will be transformed into an artistic cluster with ample amount of designer's and architect bureaus, artistic workshops, galleries, and film studios.

A large-scale timber playground will attract to the embankments families with children of all ages. This beautiful and totally free-of-charge place will give meaning to this territory and will be Millenium Park’s bright element and centerpiece.