National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow

New National Center for Contemporary Arts of Russia Architectural Competition, Moscow Building

National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow

NCCA : Russian Architecture Contest – design by Kubota & Bachmann Architects

6 Nov 2013

New National Center for Contemporary Arts of Russia Architectural Competition

Design: Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Location: Moscow, Russia

New National Center for Contemporary Arts of Russia Architectural Competition

Symmetry

Our proposal for the NCCA aims to provide a distinguished/attractive landmark to the Khodynskoe Pole district. It is located in a symmetrical axis to the park and serves as a solution ensuring the environmental balance of the Khodynskoe Pole district.

Appearance and disappearance

The façade is composed out of a multitude of reflective metallic pixels that are attached on light structures. According to the wind direction the pixels change their orientation wherefore the building appears somehow in constant motion. At some moments it may reflect the sky, at others the surroundings or the park and creates thereby an impression of being a merely intangible building. From an ecological point of view the pixels serve as a wind shelter. At the same time, they have the esthetical side effect of allowing the visitors to see the outside through a lenticular screen, causing by its reflection symmetry a similar effect to a kaleidoscope.

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images : Jigen

Rational and flexibility

Each of the 200 m x 15 m floors meets both rational and functional requirements. Some of the exhibition spaces benefit from a ceiling from 4 up to 8 m height which may be used for administration, public spaces and creative residences. Due to structural considerations, the most voluminous spaces (i.e. performance hall and conference hall) are located outside the building rack.

New Scenography / Vertical Museum

The exhibition halls whose heights are exceeding 12.5 m are as well located outside of the building rack, though they dispose of a special elevator system whose design was inspired by the naval elevator used for giant boats. The NCCA would thus be world’s first museum to have an exhibition space within an elevator. This offers clear advantages for the space allocation program since this special exhibition space can change its position in function of the respective need. It provides a high degree of flexibility and allows an unprecedented scenography of the museum space organization.

Sustainability

The reflective metallic pixels on the south façade serve as a solar protection for the building and allow the building to recover wind energy. Moreover, energy may also be recovered from the elevator motion.

New National Center for Contemporary Arts of Russia Architectural Competition – Building Information

Project Name: National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow
City and Country: Moscow, Russia
Competition Official Site: www.newncca.ru
Client: The board of Trustees of the National Center for Contemporary Arts
Type of Competition: Open International Competition
Program: Exhibition spaces, Collection center, Main public space, Service area, Creative residences
Site Area – Construction Area : 17 000 m²
Building Surface – Usable Floor Area : 46 500 m²
Building Height: 77.5 m
Result (2 Oct 2013)
Conpetition Entry
Competition entry submission
1st stage : 25 Sep 2013
2nd stage: 29 Nov 2013

Competition Team: Architects – Toshihiro KUBOTA, Francisco MARTINEZ
Perspectives: Jigen

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