Moscow’s Garage Museum is when yet again subsequent the Moskva River down to Gorky Park, in which it will expand into the extended-abandoned century-outdated Hexagon exhibition pavilion that stands nearby its present setting up. The framework, designed by Russian architect Ivan Zholtovsky, is to be reimagined by Japanese architecture business SANAA and will give the twelve-yr-aged modern day art museum substantially a lot more area in which to host exhibitions and programming.
Crafted to dwelling an show of tools and devices at the inaugural All-Russian Agricultural and Handicraft Industries Exhibition, held in 1923, and later serving as a disco right before getting gutted by fire, the Hexagon will be the third repurposed house the institution has inhabited. Founded by Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich in 2008, Garage in the beginning occupied an outdated bus garage that experienced been renovated by the Dutch architecture company OMA, launched by Rem Koolhaas. In 2015, after temporarily inhabiting a cardboard-columned pavilion designed by Shigeru Ban, the museum moved to its existing digs, a former restaurant, which OMA also renovated.
Zhukova noted in a statement that the Hexagon’s “thoughtful and delicate design” made by the Pritzker Prize–winning SANAA would give Garage a opportunity to “ground itself in Russian heritage although increasing into the latest international dialogue.” She included, “We want to make sure that our setting up demonstrates our ongoing inquiry into the function, intent, and obligation of the fashionable-working day museum.”
Comprising six similar structures ringing a courtyard, the pavilion subsequent its renovation will provide Garage with an further 102,000 square ft and will contain three galleries, a bookstore, a library, and a café. The power-productive revamp by SANAA, perhaps very best identified for planning New York’s New Museum, is intended to place up the structure’s neoclassical design and style and phone calls for the removal of any decorative aspect that is not first to the creating.
“When we had been invited to function on the Hexagon, we right away began to feel about whether we could someway maintain the primary format and proportions, and regardless of whether we could build a little something that all people would use,” claimed SANAA founders Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. “Garage has constantly experienced a strong concentrate on the architecture of community areas and their historical past, and this is very much in line with our practice.”