Nikola-Lenivets International Design Competition

Nikola-Lenivets Project and Archstoyanie Festival announce the competition for Nikola’s Belvedere art object which is meant to become one of the main landmarks in Nikola-Lenivets. The competition’s objectives include design and construction of observation deck/belvedere which will connect composition-wise Rotunda by Brodsky and Arch by Bernaskoni art objects into a uniform architectural ensemble and will become the high-rise dominant of Versailles Park. The main function of the belvedere is to let one see the panoramic view of the landscape from above.

The competition is held in two stages. First the Expert Council revises submitted layout projects and selects 10 shortlisted entries. After the shortlisted drafts are completed, the Jury, on the basis of experts’ advice, will determine the finalist of the competition. The winner will be rewarded a cash prize of 100,000 rubles and provided with funding for the belvedere’s construction. The new art object will be presented at the Festival Archstoyanie 2013. Summer.

LOCATION: Nikola-Lenivets, Dzerzhinsky District, Kaluga region
ONLINE REGISTRATION: November 26, 2012 — January 15, 2013
SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES: November 26, 2012 — January 15, 2013
PARTICIPANTS: artists and architects

Nikola-Lenivets Project is an innovative project for Russia; through artistic and socio-cultural practices it brings new life and development to Nikola-Lenivets village and nature history reserve Ugra in Kaluga region. It is a space for dialogue and fruitful cooperation of famous artists, architects, local residents and the environment. The history of the project started 20 years ago with the first large-scale installations of Nikolay Polissky. Today the names of such famous architects as A.Brodsky, Y.Grigoryan, B.Bernaskoni, T.Kuzembaev, E.Asse, A.Geuze are connected with Nikola-Lenivets.

Festival of Landscape Objects Archstoyanie is the first Russian project which has suggested new approach to park and agricultural territories development by means of creative practices. The first Archstoyanie Festival was held in 2006 at the instigation of the artist Nikolay Polissky – since then the festival takes place annually.  Festival’s organizers are Anton Kochurkin, Julia Bychkova, Inna Prilezhaeva (Land Practice).

Versailles Park is an independent landscape project of Archstoyanie Festival in Nikola-Lenivets, which started in 2009. Versailles Park is being developed by the festival team together with the landscape bureau Wagon Landscaping (France) with support from Versailles’ National School of Gardening / Ecole National Superieure de Paysage (France).

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