28/04/2012

New spaces for Garage in Moscow by O.M.A.

By OMA [MOS] Russia.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture announced in february its plans for 2012, continuing in its aim to bring the best international modern and contemporary culture from around the world to Russia, and raising the profile of Russian contemporary artists internationally. Yesterday, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture unveiled plans for a new building in Gorky Park, designed by OMA. Garage Gorky Park - due to be completed in 2013 - will be a renovation of the famous 1960s Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) restaurant, a prefabricated concrete structure that has been derelict for more than two decades.

Garage will move to a new location in Gorky Park, Moscow from 2012 to develop and regenerate a number of temporary and permanent spaces. 

Vremena Goda Pavilion and Hexagon 1970.

The first phase in Moscow includes a new temporary home designed by Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Planned to open late in 2012, (at this moment the new date will be 2013) the space has been developed on the site of the Park’s famous concrete 1960s Vremena Goda (Four Seasons) restaurant, which has been abandoned and invisible for more than two decades. It combines a double height entrance space, two levels of unobstructed exhibition galleries, creative center for children, roof terrace, shop, cafe, learning facilities and offices. The design incorporates Soviet-era design elements such as tiles, mosaic and brick. OMA is working with the young Russian practice Form Bureau, headed by architect Olga Trevias. 

During the second phase of development, Garage will occupy a nearby 8,500 square meter hexagonal pavilion. The historic 1920s pavilion of six sections with a courtyard was first constructed to house the first All-Union Agricultural Exhibition, but later became a pre-war exhibition space for Soviet artists and sculptors. The new space will create one of the most important non-profit international arts sites in Moscow, with its international standard gallery facilities and dedicated areas for education and learning.

Above: Garage moves.

Gorky Park. The Stalin-era park was planned in the 1920s by Konstantin Melnikov - renowned soviet avant-garde and Constructivist architect - also responsible for Garage’s current space. Opened in 1928, the park extends an area of 300 acres along the Moskva River in the heart of Moscow, and it has eponymously been used by authors, filmmakers and even rock bands.  The park was named after Maxim Gorky (1868-1936), a Soviet author and political activist who founded the socialist realism literary method.

Vremena Goda Pavilion March 2012.

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture is dedicated to exploring and developing contemporary culture.  Garage is a project of the IRIS Foundation, founded by Daria Zhukova in 2008 is a major non-profit arts project based in Moscow, dedicated to exploring and developing contemporary culture. There are two distinct areas of programming - 'to bring important international modern and contemporary art and culture to Moscow' and 'to raise the profile of Russian contemporary culture and encourage a new generation of Russian artists'. Garage’s exhibition programme ranges from major surveys of important collections to single-artist retrospectives and group exhibitions.  Garage will also hosts a strong program of special on-site events in Moscow including talks, film screenings, workshops, performances and a series of creative activities for children. With the café and late events Garage plans in Gorky Park, it will provides a social space for participation and exploration with culture.

Vremena Goda Pavilion March 2012.

The following images you can enlarge pointing on them.

 

OMA’s CGI for the Outdoor Programmes to be organised at Garage Gorky Park once open in 2013
Rem Koolhaas’ architectural firm OMA’s model for the new Garage Centre in Moscow, which has moved to Gorky Park.
Rendering of educational platform, first level.
Gallery model, with standard program.
Model, detail entrance to the pavilion.
Model south gallery view.
Prototype model for hinged panels lowered which allow the creation an instant white cube.
Model south gallery view.
Plan to exhibition idea.
Sections of hinged panels.
Site plan.
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture is a major non-profit international arts space based in Moscow, dedicated to exploring and developing contemporary culture. We present a programme of exhibitions by international and Russian artists and serves as a catalyst and meeting point for Moscow’s emerging arts scene. We are housed in the masterpiece of 20th century Russian architecture – the former Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage – designed in 1926 by the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov.
REM
KOOLHAAS

Rem Koolhaas was born in Rotterdam in 1944. He began his career as a journalist, working for the Haagse Post, and as a set-designer in the Netherlands and Hollywood. He beganHe frequented the Architectural Association School in London and studied with Oswald Mathias Ungers at Cornell University. In 1978, he wrote Delirious New York: a retroactive manifesto for Manhattan, which has become a classic of contemporary architectural theory. In 1975 – together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp – he founded OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture). The most important works by Koolhaas and OMA, from its foundation until the mid-1990s, include the Netherlands Dance Theatre at The Hague, the Nexus Housing at Fukuoka in Japan, the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, the Grand Palais of Euralille and Lille, the Villa dall’Ava, the Très Grande Bibliothèque, the Jussieu library in Paris, the ZKM in Karlsruhe and the Seattle Public Library.

Together with Koolhaas’s reflections on contemporary society, these buildings appear in his second book, S,M,L,XL (1995), a volume of 1376 pages written as though it were a “novel about architecture”. Published in collaboration with the Canadian graphic designer, Bruce Mau, the book contains essays, manifestos, cartoons and travel diaries.

In 2005, with Mark Wigley and Ole Bouman, he was the founder to the prestigious Volume magazine, the result of a collaboration with Archis (Amsterdam), AMO and C-lab (Columbia University NY).

Koolhaas is professor at Harvard University, where he directs The Project on the City, a research programme on changes in urban conditions around the world. This programme has conducted research on the delta of the Pearl River in China (entitled Great Leap Forward) and on consumer society (The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping). Taschen Verlag has published the results.

Among the awards he has won in recent years, we mention here the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize (2000), the Praemium Imperiale (2003), the Royal Gold Medal (2004) and the Mies Van Der Rohe prize (2005). In 2008, Time mentioned him among the 100 most influential people of the planet.

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