National Centre of Contemporary Art
The National Center for Contemporary Art in Khodynka Field has the potential to become one of the most powerful and dynamic institutions in the country. The building of the art center is located in an intensively developing area. Thereby, the construction of a museum and a park, that are planned to be built nearby, will become the important steps on the way to the complex transformation of the whole surrounding area.
Pithiness and modesty, which are expressed in the whole volume and stylistics of the building, will emphasize its significance to the state and bring balance to the inevitable cacophony of the urban space. The NCCA will create an advantageous contrast with the landscaping of the park and correspond with the endeavor to bring forth the educational function in the field of contemporary art. The functional layout of the plot was aimed at the priority of the public space and became crucial during the volume configuration of the building.
The main aim of the project is to create a platform for the events, that will open new opportunities for education and cultural activities and will motivate people to come back again. The volume of the building should conform to the rational scheme of the allocation of the functional and their correspondence, that's why it was divided into four main “layers”.
The first “layer” — is the physical and symbolical foundation of the building. The whole storey is intended for the permanent exhibition of the NCCA. The planning layout of the permanent exhibition forms the labyrinth. Freely allocated showrooms allow obtaining the necessary flexibility and unpredictability during the free examination of the exposition. In the "chaos" of the labyrinth, the visitor immerses in the depth of the information, in which he can build the route by himself and physically perceive the mass and multiformity of the XX–XXI cc. art. Also, the labyrinth has a huge potential for the forming of a predetermined way through the exposition, which could be modified by the curator at ease. Spaces between the showrooms can be eventually supplemented with art from the swiftly expanding collection of the museum. Main loading bays are situated on the same level, in the rear part of the building. Loading is fulfilled via the central core, which interconnects the whole museum.
The second “layer” is dedicated to education. Openness and accessibility are the basic notions of the planning decisions for this layer. This part of the building consists of the external labyrinth, formed by the volumes of the uneven halls of the permanent exhibition on the operated roof, public space, that occupies two stories of the building, workshops, and center of the collections within the area of the open archive of the NCCA. All these areas subsequently will become the additional stages for the regular lectures, workshops, and discussions.
The third "layer" is designed for temporary exhibitions. The distinctive monolithic volume of the exhibition hall is deprived of any planning decisions. Inner purity will promote any new appearing forms of the curators' and artists' activity.
The last fourth “layer” is the engine of the NCCA. Scientific and publishing activities of the center are tightly bound to the administration, artist's residences, and the restaurant, forming this whole volume.
The building itself emphasizes the idea of autonomy, which is necessary for the experiment, innovation in art, social function of vigorous knowledge production, interdisciplinary exchange, and conservation of the art.
Area: 46 000 sq.m.
Area: 46 000 sq.m.