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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art // Moscow

Photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

It seems 2015 is the year of contemporary art museums designed by Rem Koolhaas and his OMA team. After last month’s opening of Fondazione Prada in Milan, few days ago the new Garage Museum for Contemporary Art finally opened its doors in Moscow. The museums have been both commissioned by brilliant women, Miuccia Prada for the Milan venue and Dasha Zukhova for the soviet one, and both building have been a renovation project of already existing structures.

Outside the Garage: the Architecture

Located in one of the Moscow’s most known public spaces, the Gorky Park, the new exhibition site is now a two-storey building that back in 1960 hosted the Vremena Goda Restaurant and remained abandoned for 20 years before being bought by Zhukova. Being exposed to bad weather conditions for so long made the building a “ruin without facades”.

The facades, indeed, is the starting point of the project. The existing concrete structure is enclosed with a new translucent double layer polycarbonate façade that will accommodate a large portion of the building’s ventilation equipment, allowing the exhibition spaces to remain free. The translucent facade then, has been lifted 2.25 metres from the ground in order to visually reconnect the pavilion’s interior to the park. The entrance to Garage Gorky Park is marked by two large facade panels that slide upwards to frame the art in the lobby’s double height space and provide a view through the building from the park.

The renovation preserves original Soviet-era elements including a mosaic wall, tiles and brick, while incorporating a range of innovative architectural devices.


// Sembra proprio che il 2015 sia l’anno delle aperture dei musei di arte contemporanea firmati Rem Koolhaas – OMA. Dopo solo poco più di un mese dall’apertura della Fondazione Prada a Milano, pochi giorni fa la nuova sede del Garage, Museo di Arte Contemporanea, ha finalmente aperto le sue porte a Mosca. I musei, entrambi commissionati da brillanti donne, Miuccia Prada per Milano e Dasha Zukhova per Mosca, sono stati entrambi progetti di ristrutturazione di complessi architettonici già esistenti.

Situato in una delle aree pubbliche più note di Mosca, il Gorky Park, il nuovo sito espositivo è un edificio di due piani che nel 1960 ospitava il ristorante Vremena Goda, rimasto abbandonato per 20 anni prima di essere acquisito dalla Zukhova. Esposto alle intemperie per un così lungo periodo ha reso l’edificio “una rovina senza facciate”.

Le facciate, infatti, sono state il punto di partenza di tutto il progetto. La struttura in cemento esistente è stata così racchiusa da un nuovo doppio strato traslucido di policarbonato al cui interno sarà allocato gran parte dell’impianto di ventilazione, lasciando così libero lo spazio espositivo. La facciata traslucida è stata quindi sollevata dalla quota del terreno di 2,25 metri al fine di collegare visivamente gli interni dell’edificio con il parco all’esterno. L’entrata del Garage è poi enfatizzata da due grandi pannelli che scorrono verso l’alto ad incorniciare le opere posizionate nell’atrio a doppia altezza garantendo la vista dal parco dentro l’edificio.

La ristrutturazione ha fatto in modo di preservare alcuni elementi originali di era sovietica tra cui una parete in mosaico, piastrelle e mattoni, inglobandoli con innovativi sistemi architettonici.

Photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Inside the Garage: the Installations
Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Photo: Egor Slizyak, Denis Sinyakov. © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

 


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