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WAI Architecture Think Tank’s shortlisted proposal for Moscow’s NCCA competition
Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013 |

WAI Architecture Think Tank sent us their design for Moscow's New National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) that was shortlisted in the top 10 designs during the competition. Heneghan Peng's design was chosen as the winner, as announced earlier today.

Check out WAI Think Tank's proposal below.

New NCCA proposal by WAI Think Tank - North promenade view. Image: WAI Architecture Think Tank

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New NCCA proposal by WAI Think Tank - North promenade view. Image: WAI Architecture Think Tank

Project description:

"The NCCA is the new epicentre for the creation, study, and support of contemporary art in Russia.  Enhanced by the dialectic between the city and architecture, between art and the public, between landscape and building, the new NCCA marks a paradigm shift of international museology."

Concept. Image: WAI Think Tank

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Concept. Image: WAI Think Tank

"By creating a building that invites and embraces the public through its open spaces the new NCCA blurs the lines between building and context, between art and life.

The NCCA is not a building in the city; it is an extension of it. The flexible autonomy of its spaces either enclosed or outdoors, makes it the first archetype of Museum as City."

Promenade view. Image: WAI Think Tank

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Promenade view. Image: WAI Think Tank

Promenade view. Image: WAI Think Tank

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Promenade view. Image: WAI Think Tank

"Instead of emulating the boundary that usually separates museums from their context, the new NCCA building is an Open Museum. The arrangement of the volumes on the ground level allows the public to freely circulate through its open spaces creating a new urban museum experience."

Main facade. Image: WAI Think Tank

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Main facade. Image: WAI Think Tank

West promenade view. Image: WAI Think Tank

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West promenade view. Image: WAI Think Tank

"The new NCCA is not a building within a park; the park and the building are inseparable. Linked by way of a harmonious symbiosis, a series of paths direct the public between metro station, park and building in an effortless journey that offers glimpses of outdoor sculptures in an environment for the contemplation of art."

Kabakov Palace of Projects at Museum Square. Image: WAI Think Tank

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Kabakov Palace of Projects at Museum Square. Image: WAI Think Tank

"The new NCCA brings art to the public. The building creates a promenade in which people interact with exhibition pieces featured in the public space and on the multiple terraces of the building."

Creative residence. Image: WAI Think Tank

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Creative residence. Image: WAI Think Tank

Exhibition Hall. Image: WAI Think Tank

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Exhibition Hall. Image: WAI Think Tank

"The layout of the NCCA consists of a ground level that contains public programs, creative residences, office space, conference halls and the collection repository, and three volumes of varying heights that intersect at different points creating a maze of flexible exhibition space.

The NCCA is not just a center for the arts; it is a building as Manifesto."

Light performance. Image: WAI Think Tank

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Light performance. Image: WAI Think Tank

Project details:

New National Center for Contemporary Arts
Location: Moscow 
Area: 45,000 m2 
Program: Hall Zone, Creative Residences, Administrative Offices, Media Center, Children Educational Center, Exhibition Halls, Café, Store 

Project Team 
WAI Architecture Think Tank: Cruz Garcia, Nathalie Frankowski, Edgar Garcia, Zhang Yanping, Yu Yihua, Anna Popova, Ilyas Sadybekov
Structure: +G:  Felix Cruz Marcos, Laura Gil Santana 
Technology and Sustainability:  Alejandra Garcia Hooghuis 
Museology Consultant:  Evgenia Novgorodova

Images courtesy of WAI Architecture Think Tank.

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Main facade. Image: WAI Think Tank Model. Image: WAI Think Tank Axonometry. Image: WAI Think Tank


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