Today Yekaterinburg is one of the most dynamically developing cities in Russia. The World Cup 2018, the upcoming 300-year city anniversary in 2023 demonstrate the city's great potential at the international level. Many elements of the city infrastructure experience qualitative changes to meet modern requirements and standards. The designed plot area is located in the western part of Yekaterinburg, in Verkh-Isetskyi micro district. It is currently one of the most promising districts of Yekaterinburg, and its development presupposes reserving the area to build a large exhibition centre to host the EXPO 2025 international exhibition.
EXPO-park is a consistent, flexible planning element integrated into the natural landscape surrounding it as much as possible. A transport bridge, crossing the plot according to the master plan, approaching the pond waterfront and rises onto an overpass above the EXPO-park area, without disrupting the exhibition space unity. A flexible, unrestricted form of the EXPO-park plot defines the character and location of the main elements of the exhibition. All the main objects are united by the central pedestrian alley, which creates a complex loop route. Going round the main pavilions and expositions of EXPO, the alley proceeds towards the water zone of Verkh-Isetksyi pond and transforms into a landscaped waterfront, connecting the yacht piers and recreational and parking zones along the waterfront. Thus, the exhibition visitors get the opportunity to witness continuous changes of environment scenarios and visual imagery.
The EXPO-park area, where permanent and temporary expositional pavilions will be placed, is located between the residential quarters of EXPO-village and the woodland, located to the west, surrounding Zdokhnya lake. The EXPO-park area further continues towards the Verkh-Isetskyi pond waterfront, transforming into a landscaped waterfront and creating a promising park and recreational zone between the residential quarters and the pond water zone in the northern part of EXPO-2025, which may become a part of EXPO heritage. Thus, the EXPO-park area finishes city planning development of Yekaterinburg in the western direction and seamlessly transfers into a natural ecosystem.
Modern residential quarters to accommodate guests and participants of the exhibition for its duration are located in the EXPO-city area. The regular structure of the road network is formed by Kraulya and Lenina streets entering the area. This makes it possible to create a scaled sustainable quarter urban fabric with developed infrastructure, good transport accessibility and permeability. The developed rea presupposes a large transport hub including a bus station, serving long haul and intracity transportation; the end of the existing underground line crossing the city centre; the end of the railway line going along the developed bridge across Verkh-Isetskyi pond; and an intercept parking for passenger vehicles entering the city from westward.
The key value of EXPO-2025 exhibition for Yekaterinburg is a new impulse for the innovative city-planning, social, cultural and economic development of the area, which may become one of the development drivers for the whole city. EXPO-2025 motto is 'Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations', and it is aimed at investment into the development of future generations and, primarily, our children. We believe that the EXHIBITION HERITAGE should contribute to the fundamental education of our children, connected with exploring the world, learning to care about nature, and immersing into modern innovative technologies that could change our reality and bring up new generations of citizens in Yekaterinburg and Russia as a whole with the new system of values.
According to the developed concept for EXPO 2025, the innovative park, incorporating science, modern technologies, natural history, care towards nature and humane treatment of other people, should become the key element of the exhibition's heritage. This way, the HERITAGE COMPLEX consists of the following buildings: a museum of science and technology, a research centre for young scholars, laboratories, an educational centre with venues for various activities (a year-round innovative attractions park for children and adults to get acquainted with modern technologies), smoothly transitioning into a natural landscaping recreational zone along the Verkh-Isetksyi pond waterfront.
EXPO heritage area also includes a large modern residential district: the EXPO-city and the EXPO-village, which will remain after the exhibition as a new city district. The concept presupposes the development complying with the latest urbanistic principles in terms of a sustainable urban development model. This is a regular structure of quarters with high horizontal density and high density of road network. All this provides economic efficiency for the area development and continuity of the urban fabric, at the same time promoting the optimization of social and public infrastructure. The new structure of the EXPO-city is integrated into the structure of the public waterfront through the system of 'green' corridors.