Landscape architecture is an extraordinary opportunity to create more environmentally attractive and healthy cities. At every step of the design, LAND Italia, LAND Germany and LAND Suisse evaluate the surrounding context, including the history and use of the land or nearby landmarks. In urban parks, just like in natural ecosystems, an increasing biodiversity means to protect its resilience and its ability to respond and adapt to change while maintaining its essential character.
Creating experiences through landscape architecture
Portello Park – Ex Alfa Romeo Area, Milan (Italy), 1997 - ongoing
- Client: IPER MONTELLO S.p.A
- Partners: Charles Jencks
- Area size: 24 ha
- Team: Alain Carnelli, Giuliano Garello, Andreas Kipar, Mauro Panigo
The Portello project started in year 2000 and occupies 240,000 sqm. The area once housed the Alfa Romeo and Lancia factories. This site represents the new north gate of the city, which leads to the motorway system, and interacts with the ‘great diagonal’ in the Gino Valle general masterplan. It will be the threshold and connection between the Trade Fair and the new Piazza Mercato (Market Square). The park under construction is about 70,000 sqm and can be considered a focal point marking the access to the city.
Charles Jencks together with Andreas Kipar outlined the morphological modelling of the hill, which creates a system of diagonal continuity with Monte Stella, the famous and historic hill created by Piero Bottoni after World War II.
Krupp Park, Essen (Germany), 2006 - 2011
- Client: Green and Gruga Essen
- Services: Lph 3-9
- Area size: 22 ha
The north and south part of the future Krupp Park covers an area of 2 hectares. As a first measure an inner city park was established at the northern part of the Krupp Park, covering over 12.5 hectares. It closes a gap, which includes and connects the new Krupp Boulevard and the ThyssenKrupp Headquarter. For almost 200 years this area was inaccessible to the public and formed a break between Altendorf and the city center. In order to shape the almost invisible area, which was still lying in a deep valley in 2008, this area was initially modeled into a hill park with an soil movement of around 400,000 m³.
In the design, a wide 'high-valley' runs North-South through the park, accompanied by five shifted flat hills. At the north end of the park a 0.9hectare lake forms the main attraction like a 'prelude'. In close proximity are also gateways to the park as well as the transregional bicycle path next to the train path of the Rheinische Bahn.
Corso Europa Park / Rho, Milan (Italy), 2013
- Client: Quartiere Fiera srl
- Area size: 4.6 ha
- Team: Grazia Comai, Chiara Fani, Stefano Gallo, Andreas Kipar, Matteo Pedaso
The design of the park recognizes the role of the area being the hinge between the existing green spaces and the sport fields. Turning at the Villa Burba, a historical and architectural point of reference, the site also connects to the historic garden, the agricultural fields and natural areas along Olona river. The program provides various possibilities of recreation including urban agriculture, leisure activities, sports and cultural entertainment.
The large central meadow ties the other spaces of the park. It is surrounded by a circular ring path that leads pedestrians along the edges and crosses secondary paths. At the main entrance the transition from Villa Burba to the park is solved by a paved plaza highlighted by water features shaped in an oval layout of water jets and sunken lights. There are two playgrounds, one for small and one for older children. Dense vegetation mitigates the visual impact of industrial structures in the surrounding and the fencing along the east boundary provides shade for the fitness area, turning this space also into the park's main wooded area.
Khodynka Park, Moscow (Russia), 2014
- International Competition: 1st place
- Client: JSC 'INTECO' / Moscow architecture and Urban Planning
- Partners: MCA Architects, LEFTLOFT srl, Thomas Schoenauer
- Area size: 39 ha
- Team: Grazia Comai, Roberta Filippini, Ottavia Franzini, Elisa Frappi, Andrea Govi, Andreas Kipar, Tatiana Nemova, Cecilia Ricci
The Khodynka Park project enhances and reshapes a central area in Moscow’s urban fabric, formerly occupied by an airport. The ringed landscape connects the residential area with an existing part of the park. Green spaces are intended as multifunctional public spaces to service thousands of families who live in proximity to the park. The necklace of trees and flower carpets create a comfortable, sensory and pleasant atmosphere in the boulevard.
The landscape project aims to build places for relaxation, involving walking paths and playgrounds.
The Khodynka Park field has seen some active development since 2004. The Stadium and the residential complex are two examples of what has been built. Then, in December 2012, the government of Moscow gave its approval to build a Museum of Modern Art in Khodynskoe Pole, which led to the construction of a new city park in Khodynskoe Field.
Nagatino Family Park, Moscow (Russia), 2014 - ongoing
- International Competition: 1st place
- Client: Regions Group
- Area size: 90 ha / 60 hа of park
- Team: Patricia Aute, Andrea Balestrini, Luisa Bellini, Caterina Gerolimetto, Andreas Kipar, Tatiana Nemova, Marina Polets
The Amusement Park in Nagatino is a new ambitious project by LAND. The project aims to preserve the natural balance of existing green areas, but also reconstruct and add new species to increase the area's natural assets. The main objective is to create a park that feels familiar, safe, innovative and interesting for all ages and social groups. The amusement park offers children a modern fairy tale in a green forest featuring elements of Russian fairy tales and displaying Russian traditions and customs. A fairy tale, that promotes the children’s admiration for their native land and the beauty of Russian nature.
More projects: Milan IT, Biblioteca degli alberi, 1lotto (Construction Management, Project by Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside); Minusio CH, Bosco Fontile Strategic Definition; Torino IT, Corso Romania Park.