Tuchkov Buyan Park, Saint Petersburg (2020)

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Region II - Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East | Russia

The UIA endorsed the international competition for the architectural landscape design concept of Tuchkov Buyan park in Saint Petersburg (Russia). Architects and landscape designers from all countries were invited to submit their expressions of interest for this single-stage restricted competition.

Applicants were invited to submit information about their architectural firms and experience in designing and realizing public spaces.

  • Experienced firms: three reference projects in landscape, public spaces and revitalization of urban spaces.
  • Young firms: realized or unrealized projects in the same or other fields which best illustrated the quality of their work.

The jury selected 8 competitors (of which 2 were young firms) taking into account the quality and innovation of the submitted reference projects.

Revised calendar

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the international competition for the architectural landscape design concept of Tuchkov Buyan Park in Saint Petersburg (Russia) postponed the deadline for submissions from 8 May 2020 to 7 August 2020. The jury met in September 2020 to evaluate the entries.

View the competition launch press release, pre-qualification reportjury report and results press release.

Visit the competition website: https://park-spb.ru/eng

Keywords : Urban Landscape

Theme and objectives

The subject of the Competition was the development of a landscape architecture concept for the park, embankment, square, and adjacent streets. The concept was required to include landscape, city-building, planning, form-based, and architectural solutions and meet the demands of the Competition’s brief.

The goal of the Competition was to determine the best landscape architectural concept for the park that best responded to the demands of the Competition’s brief.


The call for applications was open to architects and landscape designers from all countries. 

Eligible architects, landscape architects and urban designers were required to be qualified for practice in their respective countries. 

Jury Members

  • Vladimir Grigoriev: Chief Architect of St. Petersburg (Russia)
  • Boris Kirikov: Soviet and Russian architectural historian (Russia)
  • Elena Stiglitz: Chief landscape architect of the State Russian Museum (Russia)
  • Oleg Romanov: President of the St. Petersburg Union of Architects (Russia)
  • Sergei Tchoban: Architect, Speech and TCHOBAN VOSS Architeckten bureaux (Russia)
  • Francesco Bandarin: former UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, Professor of Urban Planning and Conservation at the University IUAV of Venice (Italy)
  • Patrick Blanc: Botanist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (France)
  • Didier Vancutsem: Member of the Board of Directors of ISOCARP (Germany)
  • Martin Rein-Cano: Landscape Architect, Topotek 1 (Germany)
  • Ken Smith: Landscape architect, Ken Smith Workshop (USA)
  • Stefan Rotzler: Landscape Architect, UIA representative (Switzerland)

Alternate jurors

  • Lawrence Barth: Professor of Urbanism at the Graduate School of the Architectural Association, UIA representative (Great Britain)
  • Giovanna Carnevali: Established PhD Architect, Executive Director of Urban Planning in NEOM, Saudi Arabia (Italy)
  • Irene Djao-Rakitine: Djao-Rakitine Ltd (Paris-London) and Mayor’s Design Advocate for the Mayor of London (Great Britain)


229 teams from 50 countries applied to participate. The jury selected 3 projects from among 8 entries and ranked them as follows

  • 1st prize: Studio 44 (Russia) in collaboration with WEST 8 (The Netherlands)
  • 2nd prize: JV Vogt (Switzerland) + Herzog & de Meuron (Switzerland)
  • 3rd prize: Khvoya (Russia) + KARAVAN landskapsarchitecter (Sweden)

Key dates

2019-12-16Deadline for questions
2019-12-23Deadline for answers
2020-01-15Deadline for submission of entries
2020-02-03Jury meeting and selection of 8 competitors
2020-02-05Beginning of competition
2020-02-17Site visit by competitors
2020-02-28Deadline for questions
2020-03-05Deadline for answers
2020-05-08Deadline for submission of entries
2020-05-14Jury deliberation
2020-05-14Announcement of competition results


The 8 competitors invited to submit project proposals each received USD 60,000. In addition to this, the top three entries received the following prize money:

  • First prize: USD 50,000
  • Second prize: USD 30,000
  • Third prize: USD 20,000