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Michiel van Driessche
World Landscape Architecture
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Landscape Middle East Magazine
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A PUBLIC PARK FOR THE WHOLE DISTRICT
Jaanila Country is a 42 ha residential area for 9.000 new residents in Saint Petersburg, commissioned by LST Development. Construction is estimated to start in the beginning of 2015.
The project is being seen as a reaction against the current planning tradition. Due to the abundance of large scale developments, St-Petersburg is being increasingly deprived of its public and green spaces, causing an uproar from the city’s residents. The plan for Yaanila Country breaks with this tradition of individual developments. The concept is rooted in a European town planning tradition of large parks amid residential and working neighborhoods. The required facilities of all private blocks are combined into a public park for the whole district. All neighborhoods adjoin this central green space, establishing a public realm that acts on different scale levels.
The park anchors the new district in the surrounding forest landscape, rooting urban functions in a natural environment. As a cohesive green core, this provides a shared identity to all surrounding neighborhoods.
The edges are treated as interfaces, establishing strong connections between the neighborhoods and the park. On the western side as a formal boulevard, accompanied by evergreen pine trees, creating a lasting experience in every season. On the eastern side as an informal walkway, planted with flowering shrubs and trees, creating a continually changing image. Between these two sides, a network of paths ensures that the park is part of the daily walking routes of all residents.
To activate the park, functions and facilities which are normally located within the block are centralized. Sport facilities are combined into public sport clusters. Together with the kindergartens they create neighborhood destinations in the park. Play areas are integrated in a 3-dimentional landscape. Grass hills with playgrounds alternate with depressions, which may temporarily fill with water. Special designed squares along the boulevard in the west, and wooden piers along the flowerpath in the east, connect the park to the neighborhoods. The aim of the park is to create a public space which can be used during the whole year, offering an enchanting realm in every season.