«Coziness valley» is an open international architectural competition focused on Coziness valley park area development

The competition is jointly organized by the Government of the Murmansk region and the "Center for Urban Development of the Murmansk Region" ANO, and is considered one of the most ambitious competitive projects aimed at comprehensive development and improvement of the region.


Developing of architectural concept for Coziness valley park zone located between Lomonosov and Morskaya streets, Lyzhny passage and Kolsky avenue in the city of Murmansk, Russia.

The participants are faced with a challenge of transforming the Coziness Valley into a significant public space adapted to polar climate, as well as identifying the main vectors for the development of the territory for the immediate future.


International, one-stage, open.

The competition is held for two categories of participants: students and professionals.

Participation is open for

The maximum allowed number of participants in one team is 5. One team cannot submit more than one project.


According to the results of competition, three winners and five honorable mentions in each category will be determined: students and professionals.

First prize Winner in the professional category will participate in project implementation.

Competition area

The projected area is located in the south of Murmansk, the largest city in the world beyond the Arctic Circle.

The competition area is part of the sports and recreation complex "Coziness Valley" and is a park zone with an area of approximately 23.38 hectares.

The eastern part of the Coziness Valley is a complex of sports facilities, cross-country and ski tracks, as well as an undeveloped forest in the Pervomaisky district of the city of Murmansk.

The western part where the competition area is located, is a park zone between Lomonosov and Morskaya streets, Lyzhny passage and Kolsky avenue.

The Coziness Valley is crucial in the further development of the urban space of Murmansk, as it is connecting the northern and southern parts of the city, and also connects Murmansk with the city of Kola: the satellite city of Murmansk and the historic center of the Kola Peninsula.

The competition is held for two categories

Join competition

  1. 1

    Get your Participant code
    before 25.10.2020

  2. 2

    Study the materials of the Competition

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  3. 3

    Submit your project proposal
    before 31.10.2020

    Submit project


Prize fund - 5 825 000 ₽ (77 000 $ as at 10.05.2020)


  • Launching of the competition
    Registration opening

  • Call for

  • Press conference
    dedicated to
    the launching of the competition

  • Orienation webinar
    for foreign participants (in English)

  • Last call for registration

  • The applications

  • Expert council meeting

  • Jury voting
    Selection of winners among professionals

  • Jury voting
    Selection of winners among students

  • Press conference
    Announcement of winners and honorable mentions



  • 1st place - Professionals

    V2 ARCHITECTS' project render


    Team members:

    • Valery Vasiliev

    Russia, Saint Petersburg

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    «Coziness valley» park project sets three goals. Firstly, it is necessary to reorganize and renew the shortest footpaths to socially significant objects. Secondly, due to the climatic conditions, this park should represent a comfortable space for both active leisure and passive recreation in any season. Finally, it is also important to reveal the nature of this place by providing access to all remarkable spots in the park. The relief is used to our advantage for creating viewing platforms and a network of footpaths with variable altitude for diverse cases, such as an intense workout or a leisurely walk. One can easily walk around the park several times without repeating the same route twice. Zoning of the area results from the prevailing ecosystem. Forested area near the boarders creates visual and acoustic buffer, while the main walkways form the area for active leisure. The central part of the park, including areas of extensive greening and a lake valley, creates a space for passive recreation. The characteristic feature of the project is «the Ring» – a promenade with the diameter of 200 meters, which connects several areas of the park. Its simple form attracts attention and becomes a recognizable symbol. Multi-level structure of the park lets us enjoy picturesque scenery. «Coziness valley» park reveals the nature of this place and meets the citizens’ requirements by forming a modern and comfortable recreational area. It can become a good example of improvement of non-central city areas, including the cities with extreme climatic conditions.
  • 2nd place - Professionals

    TOBE architects' project situation plan

    TOBE architects

    Team members:

    • Bogomaz Elena Mikhailovna

    • Korablev Andrey Yurievich

    • Timofeev Ilya Pavlovich

    • Akhmetshina Aliya Yunusovna

    • Greben Victoria Alexandrovna

    Russia, Saint Petersburg

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    The conceptual design of the park was predetermined by its location beyond the Arctic Circle, with a curiosity to see if nature exists beyond the area. With our project, we tried to show the life of Arctic nature in all its diversity, combining all possible types of plants within the harsh conditions into a single flowing composition. The main design site where the local small reservoir spills in the very centre of the park. The vegetation is especially difficult in such harsh conditions, so we undertook our design idea in a delicate manner, allowing us to preserve existing plants. At the same time, we retained the ability for the reservoir to overflow during the season, only framing it with geo-plastic. Aquatic plants are one of the few to withstand low air temperatures due to the fact that the water stays approximately the same temperature in winter. Other species of plants that have taken root on the Kola Peninsula include various types of mosses and lichens that cover the hills with striking beauty. We cover the hills in the upper part of the composition with lichens. It becomes possible to plant them if some part of the culture is transported along with the soil, and they will perfectly be able to reproduce in the future under new conditions. The hills in the lower part, we placed plantings typical for the Murmansk region. It is desirable for the park to become a place of development and some kind of research project, giving local residents the opportunity to interact with nature. In the park, we have located a small greenhouse with plants from central Russia. It is assumed that the plants from the greenhouse will undergo assimilation in order to be planted in the park. The appearance of the greenhouse brings us back to the memory of the ancestors of the Kola Peninsula. The shape of the greenhouse is a reference to the storehouse of the local Sami people. The Sami are the oldest inhabitants of the peninsula who also live in the Scandinavian countries. Reference to this topic is an opportunity to maintain traditions.
  • 3rd place - Professionals

    Wayah's project situation plan


    Team members:

    • Hoi-Lun Lee

    • Yiwen Ruan

    • Bo Lu


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    We experience our designed landscapes through a series of physical interactions – with each attempting to engage one or more of our senses. We use movement to experience one interaction to another. Our vision for the coziness valley is to create movement through circulation that connects to a plethora of dynamic spaces. Our inspiration derives from the movement of fishes around Murmansk. The fish travels into the depth of the water in search of food by night they surface to the top. Within the movement, small air bubbles are formed and expand as they approach the surface. This expansion process is the design drive for Moving Fish Park. The pathways flow through the park like a swarm of fishes. The infinite loop-like multi-modal pathways are expanding and contracting while providing strong north-south connections, various bubble shaped spaces, and perimeters of the park. On the north and south edge are promenades. From group gatherings at the local vendors to hosting market events, the promenades are designed for dynamic social interactions in various sizes. The promenades serve as a transition space from the concrete jungle to the natural environment. Fields of meadow nested with pendulant swinging lights, bend and bow in the direction of the wind – subtly hinting the sense of movement. The size and scale of each bubble progressively expands towards the center of the park. Each bubble is designed with its own unique form of interactions and programming in different seasons. The bubbles along the main pathway are active interactions, while the spaces on trail provide passive interactions. At the center is a large open space with a fish pavilion that faces along the existing retrofitted pond. A connecting boardwalk allows interactions with the naturally filtered water. In winter, the pond freezes into a natural skating area. The lights along the pathways and meadows encourage movement while lights at the park luminate the space. Our snow strategy is to deposit mound of snow at the turning points along the pathway and the periphery of the bubbles. The Moving Fish Park is a landscape with a perpetual sense of movement. It allows people to immerse themselves in nature while escaping the concrete world and fostering appreciation towards nature.
  • Honorable mentions - Professionals

    Consortium p.m & the Pravda Bureau' project render

    Consortium p.m & Pravda Bureau

    p.m.(personal message) team members:

    • Pablo Jhonattan Pukhno Bermeo (owner)

    • Svetlana Mogileva

    Pravda Bureau team members:

    • Peter Mironenko (co-owner)

    • Nikita Tugarin (co-owner)

    • Alena Panova

    Russia, Moscow; USA, Los Angeles; Ecuador, Quito

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    The Sami are the indigenous population of Murmansk. Their culture is closely connected with nature and interaction with it; their survival depended on the vagaries of the weather. In the Sami culture, fairy tales take significant place, in which human interacts with the powerful forces of nature and each object there has a sacred meaning. Ornaments are widespread in the Sami culture, and small bright accents adorn their national clothes. That’s how ornaments formed the basis of our park spatial strategy; one can always find a cozy human-scale spot or meadow in a vast abundance of surrounding plants. Our cozy meadows are not just a place for rest, but magic artifacts are also located there. In winter, festivals are held in Murmansk, and people do not hide in their homes. They spend time outside doing active sports and social festivities. Also in winter, in the times of polar nights, the lighting scenarios in our park become a permanent setting for the city life. Murmansk today is a city of pre-fab panel housing, a kind of a panel paradise with a composition of gray concrete buildings in a stunning landscape. In our project, we appeal to concrete – the industrial stone of our time. The formwork for the elements of our project will be the soil itself with its natural curvature. Currently, the park is a territory of some kind of chaos; here one can find a random mix of electrical lines, occasional plants, and streams. To a certain extent, we want to preserve the natural essence of the park and to force its potential to evolve. We are considering the natural landscape, creating a sustainable biological system to attract animals, and proposing a network of routes to observe and exist in this new system.
  • Honorable mentions - Professionals

    design-space's project render


    Team members:

    • Žilvinas Stasiulevičius

    • Žygintas Stasiulevičius


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    The proposal consolidates the trace of the footprints left by the surrounding citizen activity (existing paths, ), showing then the natural program of the surrounding inhabitants, and materializing it in a dynamic interlacing strategy, such as circle walkway that embrace spaces of different scale and purpose. The circle hold passive and active zone structures, able to activate the neighborhood program, enhancing and creating the conditions needed to generate new social relationships. The contact area between the ring, in the center of the site, extends the adjacent streets promoting continuity of urban activity and existing landscape. With minimal intervention, including pedestrian/bike paths, benches, park lights, ice ring, swings, amphitheater and winter playground, area becomes a place of the social interrelation of the neighborhood and will allow different occupations by the residents throughout the week. The site organization is directed by a simple operation: keeping the existing natural landscape and promoting the new activities. Between terrain and city appears the ‘Coziness circle’, an iconic structure for the city that act as a point of transition as it mixes terrestrial and urban programs. As a result of the changes, the park reactivates, reconnects and provides a cultural icon that completes the city fabric. It could be a fresh impression of Coziness Valley.
  • Honorable mentions - Professionals

    STWM's project render


    Team members:

    • Zain Karsan


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    Cozy Valley Park is currently used as a site of active leisure, nordic walking and skiing, formed by natural clearings and pathways. Our proposal embeds program into and structures natural clearings across the site with the intent of preserving the natural environment. In the same way that a building can be a collection of rooms, we view the clearings of Cozy valley as a collection of connected public spaces. Therefore, we embed program within the clearings and along natural pathways to structure experiences alongside and between natural edges. Three buildings are proposed along Morskaya Street, a recreational club house at the corner of Kolsky Avenue, an open air theatre towards the middle of the site and near a public transport stop, and a residence for visiting athletes and tourists at the corner of Lomonosov Street. The club house features a cafe, restroom and changing area, flanked by a generous skating rink, and basketball courts. The location at the corner makes the clubhouse and its recreational amenities easily accessible to locals. The open air theatre supports outdoor film showings and performances, potentially playing host to festivals like Northern Character. This program is located near a public transit stop, intended to attract visitors from the nearby Downtown and neighbouring communities as well as broader international tourism. The residence for visiting athletes supports the broader athletic park that Coziness Valley is part of. Comprised of a series of translucent enclosures, with shipping containers retrofitted as apartment pods. The colourful containers are visible to passersby activating the corner of Lomonosov Street with vibrance and activity. The buildings along Morskaya St are punctuated by playgrounds and spaces that can support pop-up market stalls and cultural performances. These anchoring programs lead visitors into the site to experience nature more intimately, with follies, look outs, dog parks and recreational programs, scattered throughout the site towards Lyzhny Pass. Pathways are integrated with lighting to support activity during Polar Nights and each programmed Clearing acts as a beacon along the way. The proposal sees the development of Cozy Valley Park as a collection of public spaces nestled within the existing vegetation, enhanced with strategic plantings to promote further development of the natural environment and frame the follies and clearings for a broad set of visitors, from local and neighbouring communities to international tourists and athletes.
  • Honorable mentions - Professionals

    Gutarqs's project render


    Team members:

    • Martín Gutiérrez Guzmán

    • Martín Gutiérrez Córdoba

    • Sergio Alcocer Lira

    • Natalia Gónzalez Martínez

    • Jorge Andreas Hernández


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    At present, Murmansk represents a bastion of the Arctic cities. Its strategic importance within the complicated activity in this part of the Northern Hemisphere makes it outline itself as a paradigm of the human colonization. Coziness Valley comprises natural and coexistence values in search of a comprehensive communication at different levels, as well as a continuous interaction based on the multiplicity of activities being developed in this place. This proposal searches for the creation of a field of urban intensity that emphasizes the preexisting properties, preserving its identity and, in this way, strengthening the sense of community as a basic preference of the public space. The intervention conquers the streets. Appropriation begins while walking and discovering the site in experience of emotions, movement and collectivity. Activities break up and generate tension, bringing together the developed program by promoting receptive and permeable interaction with the environment. The relationship between the atmospheres is nuanced through dynamic interfaces, adaptable to a dual condition responsible for the skin that covers up, and the natural crust of the land that embraces enormous possibilities of activity, gathering places which generate attraction, and favor a live and moving social fabric. Cozzines Valley wants to be a meeting point, a sports-culture- and leisure urban diffuser, a warm exchange, a courageous mixture of local activities; vital magnetism continuously inviting to adoption and use. This proposal, through this place of places, is in search of solving all these visions logically and systematically, but flexibly and organically as well. The main objective of this intervention is to redefine the habitability of the public area in the so known Arctic world complex reality. We are focused on using the resources in an active way to favor users and the site itself, connecting the city in multiple scales, compromising the place scale for making it more friendly – a place to go and from which you can always leave to rediscover the city – a place for everyone, open, accessible, a unique experience that revitalizes the Coziness Valley essence and its beat inside Murmansk.
  • Honorable mentions - Professionals

    MAYAK architects' project render

    MAYAK architects

    Team members:

    • Brilliantova Elizaveta

    • Meshin Aleksandr

    • Voytenko Galina

    • Zhegera Svetlana

    • Kuznetsova Xenia

    Russia, Saint Petersburg

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    TEPLO PARK The project represents the answer to the three main challenges of the location: • high level of pollution; • cold and lack of sunlight in the region; • deficiency of vegetation. The answer to all these questions is the idea of the self-regenerating park, which is able to restore contaminated soil and water. The scientific approach to the territory will help to safe the unique nature. Thanks to careful work with the vegetations the territory will maintain in a healthy state constantly. The construction of the park is carried out in 4 stages. Stage 1. The entire design site is divided by the coordination grid with a step of 40 by 40 m. All the construction and work with plantings will follow this grid in the future. Stage 2. Construction of 5 laboratories on the site for the study and reproduction of local fauna in the park. Various scientific and commercial organizations of the Murmansk region become residents of the laboratories. This step also includes the next characteristics: - The Laboratories are connected by a common path. - The whole territory is divided into clusters of different sizes. They are located according to the algorithm the main rule of which is the laboratory in the center of the attractor. - Around these laboratories, planting begins. The farther from the laboratory the plants are planted, the more independent they can be and the less care they need. - The main and only capital building of the park is being built along the eastern side of the site. At this stage, its main goal is to share current processes and works in the park, recruit volunteers for the work, etc. The Park is also ready to meet the first guests who are interested in the future of the territory. They are access to some areas but not in the entire territory. Stage 3. There are transit roads are laid throughout the territory. They are slightly raised above ground level and do not harm the plants. The park is completely open to everyone. Stage 4. The park is filled by "hot spots" which are created not only for a short five-minute rest and heating (hearth, pavilion with a samovar and books, kissing room, etc.) but also for a longer stay (sauna, cafe with a cauldron, liqueur). Thus, the territory of the entire park is evenly riddled by the heating places, which allows guests to stay outdoors for the most part of the year. The park is fully operational and allows guests to spend several hours in it. The cluster grid of planting plants, built according to Voronoi's algorithm. It is configured in such a way that the park is in bloom for the most part of the year. 5 Laboratories are responsible for 5 Zones: • electromagnetic radiation study area • forest study area • river and water study area • marsh study area • soil study area Appropriate plants are planted around these laboratories. Thus, each part of the park becomes unique. The incredible wealth of flora is achieved at every point of the Park. A huge heating installation "The Sun" is installed near the southwest entrance to the park. The luminous convex platform warms people who are attracted to it and helps to enjoy the warmth and comfort in a very cold northern city of Murmansk.


  • 1st place - Students

    Experimental Studio's project situation plan

    Experimental Studio — Design and Space

    Team members:

    • Ruben Gomez Ganan

    • Santiago Rodríguez Rubiano

    • Adelaida Carrizosa Quiñones

    • Laura Isabel Velasco Lozano

    • David Ricardo Bautista Rodriguez

    Colombia, Bogotá DC

    University: Universidad de Los Andes

    Year of enrollment: 2014

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    Having high-quality public spaces in arctic cities is challenging due to harsh weather conditions. This is Murmansk’s case, where the lack of urban parks, collective spaces and recreational areas make public life difficult for the citizens. Furthermore, the local environment has witnessed unsustainable extraction of resources that drastically affect the natural elements such as water bodies and green masses. Today, the city of Murmansk needs to turn the situation around with a new way to propose places which address not only enjoyment activities but local biocomplexity needs. In this way, proposing an open public park becomes the most suitable project to foster new relationships between residents of Murmansk and its context as a way towards a new sustainability. Park-Lab is a proposal to enable the experiencing of public space as an exploratory lab capable of building relationships between people and the environment by using the water and its states to conform places to inhabit. Said synergies are the first step towards sustainability, which is portrayed through landscape architecture interventions throughout the park. Those interventions are connected by a perimeter ring, a meandering circuit and an elevated ring. All three of them aim to visualize all the encounters triggered at Coziness Valley Park. The landscape interventions are small-scale structures, spaces in which people can connect to, interact with and feel nature through sensory experiences with rainwater collected from the artifacts’ roof. Regarding the current needs from the local people, the artifacts not only offer a regular walking, jogging and resting program, but also a transversal program focused on communal events along the year, for instance, a place to observe the northern lights surrounded by a waterfall artifact, a dance performance in a steam artifact, or a soil seed-bank artifact for school activities. Finally, the adaptability of Park-Lab to topography makes the project part of a replicable public park system for those looking for a suitable business model to offer not only a service or product but an experience for everyone. Just imagine Murmansk, the unique arctic city that offers high-quality public space that responds to biocomplexity interactions between humans and non-humans.
  • 2nd place - Students

    Double AR's project situation plan

    Double AR

    Team members:

    • Avsakhova Ariadna

    • Borovikova Arina

    Russia, Ufa

    University: Ufa State Petroleum Technological University

    Year of enrollment: 2017

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    If you can identify the most specific features of Russia, then undoubtedly the famous Russian cold and the north of Russia will be included into their number. Where does the north of Russia begin? Doubtless from the beautiful city of Murmansk, the warmest city located beyond the Arctic Circle. The Arctic is unique because the amazing nature of this region is still untouched by the humans. Nature conquers the city. Our project can be divided into two parts: a practical concept and an artistic concept. The main goals for us were preservation the unique nature and emphasizing its features. Despite the fact, that people consider themselves the only park visitors, this is far from the reality. After all, the park is home for many species of birds, animals, fish, and insects. We also urge you to pay attention to many plants and trees that create the natural landscape environment of the park. In our project, we are taking measures to revive, preserve and develop the internal ecosystem of the park, create comfortable conditions for all its inhabitants. We would also like to immerse the park's visitors, whether they are locals or tourists, in the environment of the north of Russia, which has been embodied in thematic sites such as the “Arctic Circle”, “North lights”, “Bird trail”, etc. scattered on the empty spaces of the park area. Everyone, from a baby to an old man, will find activities that they would like in the park! Thinking over a practical concept, we proceeded from the truly unique climate of Murmansk: due to white nights in summer and polar nights in winter, city residents acquire many diseases: physical and psychological. Our suggestion is to make a "health route" which can be followed by every person who is tired of big city life. During the walk man will relieve stress, clear thoughts by visual, audial or other therapy in park, gain energy from Mother Nature.
  • 3rd place - Students

    Agustín José Sienra Chaves's project situation plan

    Agustín José Sienra Chaves

    Team members:

    • Agustín José Sienra Chaves

    Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro

    University: FADU UdelaR

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  • Honorable mentions - Students

    StableCode's project render


    Team members:

    • Voronina Ekaterina Alekseevna

    • Tovmasian Ofelia Artakovna

    • Goncharova Dara Romanovna

    Russia, Saint Petersburg

    University: Saint Petersburg state University of architecture and civil engineering

    Year of enrollment: 2017

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    The basic concept of our conservation of nature, as well as the dissemination of information about it. That is, the creation of various paths "Pathfinders", where people learn new information about the world around them, flora and fauna of the Murmansk region. Designing a lecture hall building, where various events can be held in the future, including lectures for children and adults. Creation of different areas for photographing to interest the younger generation in visiting the park. The park itself will be divided into a quiet and active zone. This was done so that people could choose which type of vacation is closer to them. The quiet zone was created to be closer to nature and not be distracted by any noisy moments. Therefore, on the territory of a quiet zone, there are places of solitude and rapprochement with nature. In the quiet zone, there are accent points that facilitate orientation in the park and on which the caffeine pavilions are located. In the active zone we have all the most important things that can be in an amusement park. These are children's and sports grounds, lecture halls and cafes, equipment rental pavilions and coffee shops, as well as the main promenade. All this contributes to the active life of this territory. For the convenience of the population, it was decided to add additional stairs, to make a ramp for people with limited mobility. A cycle track is being put into operation, which in the cold season can point under the ski track. In addition, the parking area is expanding and ennobled. It should also be noted that the main part of the existing landscaping has been preserved and improved, and new plant objects have been added. The streams were widened and planted with moisture-loving plants in order to reduce the amount of water during floods.
  • Honorable mentions - Students

    Hiroshima Brothers' project render

    Hiroshima Brothers

    Team members:

    • Kyohei Hayashi

    • Takehiro Fukushima

    Japan, Hiroshima

    University: Hiroshima University

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    Since ancient times, human beings have been living with fire. Fire has become an object of faith. A means of praying as a natural material that only human beings can handle, which is crucial for life. For people living in the Arctic Circle, which is rich in nature, we consider that fire that gives warmth in the cold winters and light in the dark winters. This could be a symbol of gratitude for the blessings of nature in their daily lives and also a spiritual support system. Lighting a fire to show respect while praying for the beautiful nature of the far north, we create a space to experience nature. Through the flames which do not go out all year long, and the scenery seen from the place, people will rediscover the preciousness of nature. People will grow trees in the park, warm themselves with the fire, and talk with others around it. The people of Murmansk are connected to each other through a space where they can experience fire and nature.
  • Honorable mentions - Students

    Pulsar's project render


    Team members:

    • Chervonnyy Mikhail

    • Starova Anastasia

    Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg

    University: St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts n.a. Repin

    Year of enrollment: 2016

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    The park itself is a comfortable recreational area. It is created in a successful compositional concept; we can call it a synthesis of organic and orthogonal architecture. It is much more convenient for people to take walks along natural paths that smoothly fits the ground relief. They have clear ornamental lines, whereby the "bend + symmetry" formula works. The orthogonal structure compositionally connects the park with the general geometric grid of the city. The open central part, which is a circular traffic zone, is the main center of attraction for the park in a quiet zone. In fact, it is a counterweight to the entrance node of the group in the north-western part of the park. In the center there is an amphitheater for cultural and entertainment events. The whole park is an island of tranquility, a zone of silence, protected from the city noise, by means of green spaces. Due to the location of the power transmission line in the northern part of the park tall plantings are impossible here, since this area is surrounded by streets with car traffic from the north, east and west. Consequently, this area is the least suitable for quiet relaxation. Because of this, it is connected with the public, business and entertainment areas, by means of an alley running parallel to Kolsky Prospect. The axis of the alley starts from the entrance, leading from the main prospect and ends on the greenhouse located on the lake shore. The alley is adjoined by noisy public areas and functions - rental, dog owners, playground, fair and administration. A separate administration building provides reliable control over the lighting of the paths and for maintaining order as well. Potentially it is possible to use the lake and it's sleeves as ice tracks for skating. The park has a wide variety of tree species - spruce, pine and mixed forests provide a variety of park landscapes. The presence of woodlands in the park will allow the local fauna to exist and develop comfortably.
  • Honorable mentions - Students

    R.A.V.E' project render


    Team members:

    • Ruslan Teterin

    • Alexey Posdniakov

    • Vera Goryacheva

    • Ekaterina Sokolova

    Russia, Ufa

    University: USPTU

    Year of enrollment: 2016

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    Valley of comfort The valley of comfort is life and light in the dark. The territory of the Coziness Valley project is an unkempt forest with a lake. In our project, we looked at both the history and the mythology of this place. The indigenous people of the Kola Peninsula, the Sami, were taken into account. The project also takes into account the cultural values ​​of Murmansk and the peculiarities of life in the city beyond the Arctic Circle. In Sámi myths, everything that exists is divided into two opposing parts that come into conflict: the sun and the moon, earth and water, light and shadow, people and spirits of the dead, domestic animals and wild animals. We take the contrast of opposites as the basis for the concept. This is clearly manifested in the sites that are provided for in the project. The solar greenhouse is contrasted with the lunar Museum active sports area with calm playgrounds picnic area with baths fairground area with the ice rink. The valley will be active in winter with ski runs, ice rink and sledding. During summer, the park's space is available for picnics, sports, yoga and small gatherings. People will be able to gather at the large amphitheater in front of the greenhouse and watch concerts in the white nights on the floating stage. The dominant feature of the park is the greenhouse - one of the main areas by the lake, which will contain a multifunctional pavilion. It will include: a cultural center, a Sami museum, shops, restaurants with dishes from the Murmansk region, coworking. We tried to preserve and diversify the natural component of the place as much as possible, filling it with the plants of this region, integrating the buildings into the landscape as much as possible. The new park will become another part of the Murmansk fairy tale.
  • Honorable mentions - Students

    DePo's project render


    Team members:

    • Marina Suvorova

    • Mariia Ladygina

    Russia, Ekaterinburg

    University: Saint Petersburg University of Architecture and Civil Engineering

    Year of enrollment: 2018

    Year of graduation: 2020

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    Being one of the few recreational zones outside the city centre, the Coziness Valley has a significant role for the future development of the urban area in Murmansk as it serves as a link between the northern and southern parts of the city. Currently, several issues such as the lack of public space, the absence of activities as well as ecological challenges prevent the Valley from promoting the liveability of the urban environment. The project “Loop Park” aims to reorganise the space into twelve functional zones that are defined as “spatial loops”. These loops are connected through loop-shaped routes that imitate natural pathways and form space for physical activities and relieving mental stress. The general park composition is formed by a viewing platform – a ramp construction which connects the park to its surroundings, creates an additional dimension and protects the biodiversity of the lake. The park is designed around four fundamental principles: identity, adaptivity, mobility and sustainability. Overground steam pipes in the west and transmission lines in the north shape the identity of the park. To emphasise the uniqueness of park identity and to improve the ecological footprint small wind turbines are placed for the microgeneration of electricity. The park’s adaptivity is realised through a multi-functional design of spatial loops that adapt to weather conditions as well as time. To ensure accessible mobility in the complex topography and during changing weather conditions stairs and steep slopes were replaced with ramps. Another goal of the park is to sensitise residents to ecological issues and sustainability. Therefore, the educational eco-village was designed. It contains lecture domes, a small farm, an educational centre, arboretum greenhouses, and a garden that aim to form an eco-friendly society and to enhance residents’ affiliation to nature. Consequently, the “Loop Park” focuses not only on developing a recreational zone that connects different parts of Murmansk. The project also strengthens the community in the long-term by promoting an active, healthy lifestyle and improves the ecological footprint of the population beyond the borders of the Coziness Valley.


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  1. Is it possible to participate individually in the competition?
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  3. Can foreigners participate in the competition or is it only for Russians?
  4. The competition is open to residents and citizens of any country, without geographic restrictions.

  5. If I am a student/our team consists of students, but I/we have the necessary 3-year work experience, can I/we participate in the "Professionals" category?
  6. Yes, you are eligible for “Professionals” category, if you will be able to prove your experience after winning or receiving an “Honorable mention”.

  7. If our team consists of both students and professionals with the necessary work experience, in which category should we apply for participation?
  8. In this case, you can apply as “Professionals”.

  9. There are only Russian materials available on the Competition website, where can I download materials in English?
  10. To download materials in English, you must switch to the English version of the site. The download link is available via "Join competition" section.

  11. Are international students eligible to participate in the competition?
  12. The competition is international, students from any country, architectural specialty and related fields are eligible to participate in the competition.

  13. I have registered but did not receive a Participant Code. What should I do?
  14. First of all, check your spam folder, the letter might end up there. If not, contact us by the following address competition@gorod51.com and describe your problem. We will send you Participant Code again.

  15. We have registered as a team, but later other members joined us. Do we need to register again?
  16. No, you can send information about new participants to the competition@gorod51.com address. Make sure you have specified your Participant Code in the letter. We will add an information about new members to the existing profile.

  1. Is the lake boundary expanding or shrinking based on the supply of water from two sources, as indicated in provided plan?
  2. The lake is formed from melt water from several streams and its boundaries are shown roughly. Lake is increasing in spring and summer and reduces in winter.

  3. Is it possible to transfer the distance-heating pipes and power lines located at the competition area?
  4. We would recommend not to include large-scale works like that in your project. Setback area for power lines is 20 m. At the setback area are prohibited: construction, mining, explosive blasting, tree planting, placement of patrol stations, placement of sports facilities, etc.

  5. Can water be used for any purpose?
  6. Yes, taking into account all the seasonal deformations and water purification, you can include in your project alternative use of water as redirecting streams, etc.

  7. There are shallow swamps around the lake. Is swamp vegetation of any importance to the ecosystem and is city interested in its preservation?
  8. At the moment, these zones are not of any importance for completion area’s ecosystem and they are not protected, so using or preserving these zones is left to the discretion of the participant.

  9. Should we consider that the surfaces surrounding the lake should be protected, and if so, what are limitations?
  10. The territory has no conservation status.

  11. . Is capital construction allowed on the competition territory?
  12. Yes, construction is permitted at the competition area. But do not forget that the main purpose of the competition is development of park area and all the buildings that you are planning to include in your proposal should not shift the focus from the main function of the territory.

  1. Should the competition panels be placed vertically or horizontally?
  2. The judges will open the tablets via two separate links. Each judge will open one tablet first, then the second. We leave presentation design at the participant’s discretion. At the final exhibition and in publications tablets will be presented horizontally.

  3. Can I include animated materials in my proposal (videos, GIFs, animations, etc.)?
  4. No, competition proposal must only include two PDF tablets up to 10 MB each.

  5. Should the proposal include a longitudinal section/road cross-section/conceptual schemes, etc.?
  6. All graphic materials are provided at the discretion of the participant. If you think that certain scheme will help you to provide a better understanding of your proposal, add it.

  7. Should I include a list of urban furniture/suppliers/estimated cost/etc. in my proposal?
  8. This is a competition for conceptual projects. Competition organizers do not require such detailed information from you.

  1. What is exact budget of the project?
  2. We do not set limits for the budget, everything will depend on the winning proposal. Funding sources will be specified after the winner is announced. Winning proposal will form the basis for the investment project. Of course, the project should be somehow pragmatic and the economic effect should be commensurate with the funds set for the implementation. Estimated cost of the project is optional and can be attached to the proposal at the discretion of the participant.

  3. As for the prize money for the first place (in the “Professionals” category), does it include budget for developing of the Design Stage by the winning office/individual?
  4. The Winner Prize is the award for the winning proposal only. Design Stage documentation and works on the project implementation are not included in indicated amount.

  5. Is your organization going to be the ones to develop winning proposal? Will the winning office be involved in the project implementation?
  6. The author of the winning project will be involved in the development of Design Stage documentation and architectural supervision in any case. The format of cooperation will depend on the legal status of the winner. If it is an architectural bureau, there will be direct negotiations on the conclusion of the contract and development of project documentation. If the winner is an initiative group or individual designer, our organization will include them in the project team for the documentation development.


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