An international competition was organized for the design of a new National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA). We wanted to replace the passive role of an art receptor by the one of an active producer of its own unique, memorable and unrepeatable art collection. We proposed set of rather neutral boxes with at least one out of the ordinary dimension that would generate unprecedented reactions from the artists. The NCCA halls would be longer than Tate, higher than MoMA, purer than Guggenheim. The context being unarticulated and uncertain, the character of the museum had to be strong and calm. A clear direct architectural language is not only appropriate for exhibiting art, but may also use the power of calmness to transform the vastness of Khodynskoe Pole into monumentality.

  • Location
    Moscow | Russia
  • Project Year
  • Client
    Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
  • Materials
    Reinforced Concrete | Corten Steel