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Abramovich’s Garage Museum to revive pavilions in expansion plans

The Moscow contemporary art museum unveils SANAA’s designs for the new Hexagon building, a “thoughtful and sensitive” interpretation of the historic site




The Hexagon will become a space for social interaction and the display of a variety of art practices   Credit: GARAGE MCA / SANAA

The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, founded by Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich and his ex-wife Dasha Zhukova, has unveiled designs for an artistic extension to its existing site in Moscow’s Gorky Park.

The Garage, which opened in 2008, celebrates Russian art and artists, and hosts a variety of exhibitions and cultural programmes. Its new building, the Hexagon, will reinvent the nearby pavilion with an innovative restoration design by Japanese architecture firm SANAA. The original building was designed by Russian architect Ivan Zholtovsky.

According to Zhukova, the building will be “revived by SANAA’s thoughtful and sensitive design, allowing Garage to ground itself in Russian history while expanding into the current global conversation.”

The 9,500 sqm (102,000 sq ft) hexagonal addition will house three galleries, as well as a library, book store and coffee shop. The overall design plays on the connection between the six distinct spaces, taking advantage of the natural light and Zholtovsky’s original neoclassical features.

“When we were invited to work on the Hexagon, we immediately began to think about whether we could somehow preserve the original layout and proportions,” said SANAA founders Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. “The Hexagon has a particular charm and we have tried to retain that in our design.”

CREDIT: GARAGE MCA / SANAA

CREDIT: GARAGE MCA / SANAA



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Abramovich’s Garage Museum to revive pavilions in expansion plans

The Moscow contemporary art museum unveils SANAA’s designs for the new Hexagon building, a “thoughtful and sensitive” interpretation of the historic site




The Hexagon will become a space for social interaction and the display of a variety of art practices   Credit: GARAGE MCA / SANAA

The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, founded by Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich and his ex-wife Dasha Zhukova, has unveiled designs for an artistic extension to its existing site in Moscow’s Gorky Park.

The Garage, which opened in 2008, celebrates Russian art and artists, and hosts a variety of exhibitions and cultural programmes. Its new building, the Hexagon, will reinvent the nearby pavilion with an innovative restoration design by Japanese architecture firm SANAA. The original building was designed by Russian architect Ivan Zholtovsky.

According to Zhukova, the building will be “revived by SANAA’s thoughtful and sensitive design, allowing Garage to ground itself in Russian history while expanding into the current global conversation.”

The 9,500 sqm (102,000 sq ft) hexagonal addition will house three galleries, as well as a library, book store and coffee shop. The overall design plays on the connection between the six distinct spaces, taking advantage of the natural light and Zholtovsky’s original neoclassical features.

“When we were invited to work on the Hexagon, we immediately began to think about whether we could somehow preserve the original layout and proportions,” said SANAA founders Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. “The Hexagon has a particular charm and we have tried to retain that in our design.”

CREDIT: GARAGE MCA / SANAA

CREDIT: GARAGE MCA / SANAA



 



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