Kiev-based Dmytro Aranchii Architects started working on the construction of “Signature Garden”, an interactive roof garden on top of a shopping center in Kiev, Ukraine. The 6000-square-meter recreational park offers visitors dining and activity space, in addition to the lush greenery and playful fountains. It serves both the shopping center below and the two residential towers above, relating both the commercial and residential programs.
In addition to acting as lungs for the dense urban area, the vegetation is lined in a dynamic manner, like “Van Gogh Strokes”, to guide the movement of the visitors. The vegetation used in the project includes cotoneasters and birches among other plantings which suit the climate in Ukraine.
As with greenery, water features interact with visitors but in a different and more playful fashion. With the aid of artificial intelligence, fountains change their “mode” according to the positions of people; for example in “God mode” water makes way for a walking person and gradually rises as the distance increases. The tallest tower is, additionally, surrounded by a smart interactive curve in the ground which changes light intensity and color based on the number of people and their activity level.
A playground area is located between the two residential towers, so residents can monitor their children playing down there. There is, also, a large flexible installation which allows kids to play in any way they like: teeter, climb, or crawl. Furthermore, there are mobile benches and trees in tubes which can be moved around by users for shading at pleasure.
Another attraction zone in Signature Garden is “The Cave” whose top acts as a viewing platform while its inside contains an amphitheater with seating. The Cave is planned to host events and performances which can be heard by visitors in the surrounding zones and the restaurant but not by the residents, owing to its location on the roof. Besides these performances, the rooftop park will hold both temporary and permanent exhibitions in a space assigned for art.
The rooftop park will have a limited parking space, shaded by canopies which are, also, covered in greenery. The construction of this project is scheduled to be complete in 2018.