YEAR
2014

TYPE
Landscape Architecture
Public space
Square

TEAM & PARTNERS
Michiel van Driessche
Deborah Lambert
Marnix Vink
Carlijn Klomp
Alexandra Merkulova
Laura Spenkelink

KCAP (masterplanner and architect)

LOCATION
Tyumen, Russia

CLIENT
Brusnika Engeneering and Design, LLC

SIZE
1 ha

TYUMEN SQUARE
AN URBAN CARPET TO CONNECT 3 DIFFERENT SPACES


The design of the public space is part of the development of this plot as a new multifunctional block. The block is composed of three separate buildings that form a new ensemble. The site is situated between the station area and the river, in close proximity of the commercial and cultural center of Tyumen. The concept aims to identify this new urban cluster in the urban landscape, and to capitalize on this private development to add qualitative public space to the city center.

The project identifies 3 spaces, with a different public character: a public park, a semi-public foyer and a private garden. We celebrate their difference in public character by positioning them as specific identity carriers per block. Moreover we want to position the cluster as a whole within the city. Therefore we connect the three different spaces with an urban carpet, to enable mutual profit from the exposure of each separate element.

“We connect three different public spaces with an urban carpet, to enable mutual profit from the exposere of each seperate element.”

The circular pattern of the urban carpet connects the whole cluster into a coherent area. Within its uniformity, the pattern trans¬forms, indicating the different zones. The circle turns into a flower, into a snowflake. It’s a subtle wink to Tyumen’s history of carpeting patterns, and an allusion to the variety of experiences the local climate provides. The design of the 3 different spaces derives from the design of the pattern. The park as an extensive green oasis, the garden as an intensive designed parterre garden. The foyer acts as a center point of the building, and connects the inside with the outside. The three spaces and the urban carpet as a whole create a clear and rich frame for the whole development, and a strong branding and place making image.