Throughout Zaryadye’s centuries-old history, its appearance has changed many times: from the first street of the Moscow Posad (settlement outside the fortified city) to English Embassy, the Tsar residence, the Jewish quarter and even a slum. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the construction of the biggest Moscow high-rise started in Zaryadye. Later the project was frozen, and the foundation was used for the construction of Rossiya, the largest hotel in the world at that time.
For a long period after the hotel’s demolition, Zaryadye had remained a featureless wasteland, fenced-off like a construction-site until President Vladimir Putin and the Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin decided to open a park at the location.
The landscape architectural concept of the park was developed by the architects of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York), specialists of landscape workshop Hargreaves Associates (New York) and urbanists from Citymakers (Moscow). The construction of Zaryadye park began in 2014.
On September 9, 2017, the park opened. The entire cultural and educational infrastructure began to function immediately, and one year later, a new world-class concert venue — Zaryadye Concert Hall — was opened. The designers’ team was managed by Sergey Kuznetsov, the chief architect of Moscow. The concept of the park is based on natural urbanism principle, which allowed to seamlessly integrate the park into the historical centre of Moscow, and the pavilions — into a green landscape, recreating the nature of different landscape zones of Russia. The construction of facilities was carried out by Mosinzhproekt JSC, the general contractor and designer of the park.
Today Zaryadye is a city landmark attracting tourists from all over the world, a symbol of modern Moscow — a comfortable and safe metropolis of a global impact. On the Park territory, the cultural heritage objects of the 16th century neighbour upon innovative architecture and high-tech attractions.
In 2018, Time magazine included Zaryadye in the list of 100 best places in the world as the only object from Russia. This is the best project in the field of public spaces, the winner of ArchDaily-2018 Award in the Public Architecture category, which, according to experts, was "the highest international recognition in the entire history of post-Soviet architecture". The park also received InAVation Awards for multimedia technologies and equipment in Soaring and Time Machine media complexes and POPAI AWARDS in the Digital Media nomination for the design of the Park’s interactive terminals.