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THE MUSEUM OF MOSCOW IN THE PROVISION WAREHOUSES

Restoration of a federally listed heritage monument and its adaptation for museum purposes 

Moscow, Russia, Buildings 1, 2, 4, 7 at 2 Zubovsky Bouldevard

DESIGN: 2015 CLIENT: Museum of Moscow Museum Association MORE

    THE MUSEUM OF MOSCOW IN THE PROVISION WAREHOUSES

    Restoration of a federally listed heritage monument and its adaptation for museum purposes 

    Moscow, Russia, Buildings 1, 2, 4, 7 at 2 Zubovsky Bouldevard
    Client: Museum of Moscow Museum Association
    Start of design: 2015

     

    AUTHORS OF THE PROJECT:

    Archtiects: N. I. Yawein, V. I. Parfyonov, V. I. Lemekhov, K. P. Sokolova

     

    The Provision Warehouses (1832–1835, architect V. P. Stasov) are a brilliant example of the antiquity-inspired Empire style, which comprises three warehouse buildings, the guardhouse (Corps de Garde), and a white stone fencing. The street façades did not suffer major changes during the Soviet times, while courtyard façades were altered. The interior of the warehouses and the layout of the ensemble were significantly damaged.

    The demolition of buildings and wings added later is going to reveal the unique perfection and seamless ensemble of this ‘group of purely utilitarian buildings’, which architect A. V. Shchusev called ‘one of the best examples of Moscow architecture’. While visually maintaining their autonomy, the main buildings will be linked at basement level.

    The interior of two of the warehouses will undergo an impressive transformation. The concrete ceilings and gypsum board walls will be taken down and museum visitors will face high spaces with historic wooden beams on top, divided into three ‘naves’ by multi-tiered arcades. The museum display will take up every level of the atriums, from the former basements to newly built attics in the side naves and under the roof. 

     

    Total area: 23 395 sq.m

     



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