Public Art Center
New National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow
- category: competitions
The Visitor Attractor
The design of the new NCCA building is focused on attracting visitors. Not only the ones that are frequent guests but a new audience, domestic and international newcomers that don’t have any connection with contemporary art and are the majority of citizens in most of the cities. Its form is adjusted to the scale of Moscow and its aim is to drag attention already from a distance. The 345m long distinctive building block would have a porous facade which would present art in a 600m radius. The Khodynskoe Pole Park with its public functions will serve as a mechanism which creates the first connection. From there the spectator is lured with the visual appearance of the building and dragged into it. When already inside, the focus falls on a collection of tall sculptures in the lobby. From this point a series of ramps lead the guests along the neutral exhibition spaces.
Art open to public, public open to art
The building would have an immense effect on the surrounding area. These spaces would be interlocked with the green public space of Khodynskoe Pole Park lifting up and merging into the building. This would be materialized in the building’s solid deformation and facade with gradually size changing openings. The niche in the front facade created as a result would be the heart of the new cultural district acting not only as an entry zone to the center but as a stage for various events such as lectures, conferences and concerts. The radially designed park sectors could host their big audiences. The interaction between the NCCA and the surrounding infrastructure was carefully studied so that in desired places connections would be created (adjacent buildings and new metro station) and in some other areas buffer and barrier zones would be proposed (the shopping complex and the newly formed street).
The new NCCA will function as a depot for both the building needs as well as for private collectors. A radical approach in the art-business relation where most of the space would be open to the public where artists beginners could rent space to keep their work and the most talented ones would exhibit them at the museum level. The Extremely valuable important pieces of art which demand a higher level of security clearance, would be stored separately and accessible only through special access check points. The spacial layout between those zones would be adjusted to different needs with sliding movable walls. By positioning the big storage area in the top floor a high level of security and supreme climatic conditions would be maintained. Elevators located in the ends of the building would manage in a flexible manner the collection to organise both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Location: Moscow, Russia
Project leader: Maciej Jakub Zawadzki
Team: Michał Polak, Łukasz Wenclewski, Bogusz Ostalski, Marcin Kot
Client: NCCA in Moscow
Size: 43,000 sqm