Located in the Uktus Mountains next to the forest park, Shishimskaya Gorka is a residential quarter in the southern part of Yekaterinburg. It is one of the highest locations in Yekaterinburg, offering a view of the city centre and having one of steepest reliefs city-wise.
In 2013 KCAP, a Netherlands based bureau, designed a master plan for Shishimskaya Gorka residential quarter, commissioned by Brusnika development company. The key concept of the master plan was to create a system of nature-based public spaces, available to all city dwellers, which would blend the new Mixed Use quarter into the existing environment and landscape.
Shishimskaya Gorka is a large-scale redevelopment project, with a working area of 500 000 square metres. The master plan maps out to fulfill it in three stages comprising the construction of residential premises, towers and urban villas of varying sizes connected by the park. The first stage of construction is in progress with two blocks already completed.
▼整体规划示意，Masterplan © KCAP
The main feature of the new district is its pedestrian canyon — a large park with 40 meter difference in relief, connecting all constructed objects. The canyon is a cascade of landscaped zones, linked with ramps and staircases, zigzagging upwards to Uktus mountain.
Historically, there was a pedestrian route leading to the Uktus mountains and the project team decided to restore it in the new quarter while preserving its hilly relief. The steep mountainous landscape posed a challenge for the architects as they had to design a coherent and functional space while accommodating the needs of different social communities, including those with limited mobility.
Aerial view: the pedestrian canyon is conceived as a large park with 40 meter difference in relief
The following groups were to be considered: mothers with prams, children and teenagers, people in wheelchairs, cyclists and roller skaters, pedestrians and joggers. Another major task was to design a landscape tolerating extreme continental climate that would provide both variety and convenience in all seasons. (The average winter temperature in Yekaterinburg is minus 15 degrees centigrade, however, minus 25 is quite common even at daytime).
▼坡道和楼梯呈之字形贯穿场地，The ramps and staircases in a zigzagging layout
▼植被和铺地细节，Planting and paving details
The pedestrian canyon features quiet recreational zones for adults equipped with fountains and playgrounds for children over 7 with increased controllable risk. The elevation gradient is no more than 3%. All street furniture is made of metal and larch, while the surfacing is done using grass, sand, decking and pavement slabs arranged in a variety of patterns to zone the canyon.
The all-year round ornamental landscape can be achieved by choosing the right plants. In autumn it is accomplished by the colour of trees and shrubs’ foliage, in summer — by blooming perennials on display, whereas evergreen trees and colourful shrub stems maintain the decorative effect in winter. Up to nine species of perennials are planted in mixed borders so that they blossom throughout the season all along the pedestrian route. Flowers in continuous bloom and specially designed bird feeders attract both pollinators and birds, encouraging biodiversity in a man-made environment. All the plants have been chosen to tolerate a variety of temperature ranges — from -40 degrees Celsius in winter to +40 degrees in summer.
▼人行道在一年四季都被花团围绕，The perennials blossom throughout the season all along the pedestrian route
▼冬季景观，The canyon in winter
▼总平面图，Masterplan © KCAP
▼功能分区示意，Function © S&P Architektura Krajobrazu & Brusnika Design
▼铺地材料示意，Paving © S&P Architektura Krajobrazu & Brusnika Design
▼树木分布平面图，Planting plan. Trees © S&P Architektura Krajobrazu & Brusnika Design
▼灌木分布平面图，Planting plan. Shrubs © S&P Architektura Krajobrazu & Brusnika Design
Location — 6 Mramorskaya st., Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation
Development by Brusnika
Master plan by KCAP
Architecture by KCAP (2 buildings of the first phase)
Landscaping by S&P Architektura Krajobrazu & Brusnika Design
Photography by Maxim Loskutov, Ilya Teplov and Sergey Belonosov
Project Area & Programme
Canyon’s total area ー 14 400 square metres Canyon’s length — 360 linear metres with 80 linear metres completed
Canyon’s width — 40 metres
Elevation variations — for up to 40 metres
Completion: 2019 — 2020 — first stage
Playgrounds and recreational zones: Diorit Plant nurseries: Pol Plants (Poland), Lorberg (Germany), Baltym (Russia)