'It's one of my most beautiful projects', says Massimiliano Fuksas of his Moscow Polytechnic Museum and Educational Centre
An international competition (featured by the WAN Business Information Service) has been won by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas architects + Speech. The team’s concept for the Moscow Polytechnic Museum and Education Centre was awarded first place in the second stage of the competition, beating out the following partnerships: 3XN A/S and ASADOV Architectural Studio; Project Meganom and John McAslan & Partners; Mecanoo International B.V. and TPO Rezerv; Farshid Moussavi Architecture and Rozhdestvenka Architectural Bureau; and Leeser Architecture and ABD Architects.
The brief given was to create a 31,500 sq m museum and education centre in the Sparrow Hill, approximately 10km from the Red Square in Moscow. The cost of the project is $180m. Competing architects were invited to design a volume ‘based on the idea to create a contrast to the surrounding environment…it should be a decent, modern example, symbolizing the triumph of information technologies. The museum and educational center should become a bright milestone and visualization of the image of the new generation’.
Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas + Speech’s winning concept is a series of volumes of irregular geometry coated in pre-oxidised copper which, over time, will become a bright turquoise from its original shimmering brown tones. Natural light will stream into the internal spaces through three main punctures in the façade: two vertical slits at the front and rear of the complex will let sunlight in, the latter affording views over a nearby park, while a generous skylight in the museum drenches the interior in natural light.
All public functions are confined to the ground floor of the building, with a large lobby with space for art exhibitions, a café, shop, a pair of auditoriums with capacity for 500 and 800 guests, and three winter gardens with a sliding roof. Above this on the first floor will be areas dedicated to communication with conference spaces and the Science and Technology Center’s support services. On the second floor will be used for exhibitions with various halls for displays, a science and art gallery, an exhibition area for the Museum’s collection, a cinema/auditorium, and a space for Maths exhibitions. On the third level there are several laboratories, a library, a workshop, the exhibition area of the Science and Technology Museum Center.
Of his team’s winning design, Massimiliano Fuksas said: "It's one of my most beautiful projects and it is an Italian victory, the museum and educational centre must become a milestone and reflect the image of the new generation."