The rowing canal was built in 1973 specifically for the 66th European Rowing Championship. However, it became most famous during the 1980 Summer Olympics, when the canal hosted competitions in rowing, kayaking and canoeing. The soaring design of stands for 3,000 seats, made in the spirit of constructivism, looked especially impressive. Since then, the Rowing Canal has undergone several stages of reconstruction, during which new structures were erected and old ones were partially modernized. However, during this modernization, the unity of the architectural ensemble was lost. Therefore, we faced a difficult task: to link buildings and structures of different periods into a single complex and breathe new life into it.
To solve it, we have developed fundamental solutions for the reconstruction of building facades. This was done in order to link all structures on the territory of the Grebnoy Canal using a single design code, including architectural interventions made during the previous reconstruction.
The concept of landscaping the territory of the Rowing Canal, developed by our company, involves not only the repair of this iconic facility for Moscow, but also some expansion of its functions beyond purely professional use. In fact, this territory has long turned from a sports facility in the strict sense into a favorite active recreation area for many residents of the capital. To meet the needs of these new user groups, we proposed to supplement the territory with new functional areas and at the same time expand the possibilities for organizing training processes and holding sports events.
The main innovations concerned the previously free territory on the northwestern bank of the main channel of the canal. Here we have placed a sports and play park with a beach sports center, playgrounds and sports grounds and a pump track. A multifunctional pavilion has been designed next to the park, which houses a rental shop and a cafe, as well as a summer recreation area with outdoor pools.
The island received a new circular route designed for training cyclists. And at its southern end, close to the finish area of the competition, we proposed to create an amphitheater-tribune over which we placed an art object in the form of dynamic silhouettes of floating canoes.
A ring cycle route will appear around the canal, as well as jogging and walking paths.
The project also proposes the organization of a square with a stepped embankment near the bridge connecting the island with the eastern bank of the bypass canal. It is planned to dismantle the structures for storing boats that were previously located on this site, and instead of them, a new building will be built next to the square. In addition to storage, it will house a triathlon training center. Another new building - a boat weighing point - will appear next to the finish area, on the western bank of the main canal. All new buildings are designed from lightweight structures and in a single design code developed for the given territory.