From powerhouse to museum: the Renzo Piano's project in Moscow

Oct 21, 2015 | written by:

Former Russian power station transformed into a center for contemporary art and culture. This is in few words the new project by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano in collaboration with 'VAC Foundation', an institution that supports arts in Russia.

The GES2 central, built in the early 1900s and located along the Moskva River, will be completely revised while maintaining the original structure. The site, square-shaped, will be divided into three main sections: a visitor welcome area, exhibition spaces and educational facilities. The entrance is designed as a kind of outdoor plaza with a sculpture garden while inside there will be a library, a bookshop, a café, an auditorium, an amphitheater, some classrooms and an additional space for permanent and temporary installations.

The energy necessary for the museum's operation will be guaranteed by solar panels and a geothermal system. The mighty chimneys present in the former powerhouse will be integrated into a system of natural ventilation to maintain a low energy footprint.

The construction should be completed by the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019.

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