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NPAK Armenian Centre for Contemporary Art

The Armenian sailing vessel “Kilikia” being a true copy of a merchant ship of the Middle Ages, from 2004 to 2006 was able to overcome the route from Yerevan around Europe, having passed through seven seas. In the Middle Ages the ship was a symbol of the unification of nations, and travellers and merchants played an important role in the intercultural dialogue and exchange. In the 21st cen- tury the participants of world discourse are artists.
The story of the journey of “Kilikia” was the inspiration for our decision. Squeezed in the city structure The NPAK building today is the part of the architectural ensemble that had lost its original function.
Having untied the rope from the bollard and moving away from the coast, the vessel sets off on its own.
We believe that the disconnection will enable the future NPAK center to form new urban scenarios and turn the existing extension into a building with a new history.
Internal structure of the building includes three main cores: Public, Art and Education.
Public is the “storage” and transmission of the space which creates a growth of the environment. Education is the space for providing lectures, workshops, master classes and debates
Art includes three types of the gallery spaces White Cube Black Box and Serpantine
White Cube is an exposition which is not intended to interact with the environment
Black Box is the space for Theatre, Cinema and Media Art where the visitor dissolves in the dark- ness of the action.
Serpantine allows you to view the exposition from different levels.
The organization of the square in front of the central entrance is carried out using terraced sites for event processes.
The educational function is partially moved outside the building using the “Pool”. The “Pool” form is consonant with the elements of urban planning in Yerevan, and is also a refer- ence to the previously existing fountain near the side facade.
The traffic scheme in the center orginized in a way that firstly, the visitors enter the Large exhibition hall, after going down to the Small exhibition hall. The unique element of the gallery is the transforming plates which gives you an offer to connect two halls and place large scale art products.

Program: Museum, Performance centre
Building area: 5 100 sq.m.
Year: 2019

Program: Museum, Performance centre
Building area: 5 100 sq.m.
Year: 2019

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