Renzo Piano will build in Moscow Center for Contemporary Art

On account of this architect - the National Center for Art and Culture named after Georges Pompidou in Paris. And now the famous architect Renzo Piano - one of the “fathers” of high-tech style, life senator of the Italian parliament, winner of the Pritzker Prize, presented the Moscow mayor's office with a new project “space for the development of modern culture”: the historic building of HPP-2 on Bolotnaya Embankment will be integrated into common complex of a new cultural center.This is how the building of HPP-2 looks like before the reconstruction begins (photo - The idea of ​​turning old industrial buildings into the center of cultural life is not new - both for Moscow and for world practice. But, perhaps, from the guru Renzo Piano and his bureau Renzo Piano Building Workshop, it is natural to expect particularly elegant solutions. A sea of ​​light, large open spaces, unity with the surrounding landscape, audacity of architectural solutions - this is in his style!Visualization of the project of the future cultural center V-A-C (photo - Renzo Piano Building Workshop) Recall that the project which became famous for an Italian architect was the Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture, opened in Paris in 1977. The revolutionary hi-tech style for that time and the removal of all communications beyond the external glass walls of the building caused an ambiguous reaction from the architectural circles. However, Parisians and visitors quickly accepted and fell in love with this place.The project of the Center Pompidou Renzo Piano created in collaboration with the engineer Richard Rogers. The development was recognized as the best of 680 applicants: the architect himself believes this is a miracle. The historical building of the power plant, which covers more than 17,000 square meters, will become the heart of the Moscow project. The total area of ​​the complex, located on a square plot with a side of 150 m, will be almost 31,000 square meters. The customer of the project is the Leonid Michelson Foundation V-A-C, whose activities are focused around projects related to contemporary art. For the second year in a row, the V-A-C Foundation is a partner of the Venice Biennale, and this year it opened a three-year program of cooperation with Tate (London) for the study and promotion of contemporary Russian art.Visualization of the project of the future cultural center V-A-C (photo - Renzo Piano Building Workshop) We learn the details about the new Moscow project Piano - they are quite environmentally friendly. The facades and the roof are assumed to be transparent, the buildings will be filled with light, and a birch grove will grow around the complex. The functional of the complex will be built on "green" technologies - this is one of the main principles of Piano. The building of HPP-2 built at the beginning of the last century was originally the central power station of the city tram and since 2009 has the status of a monument of architecture of regional importance. Despite the ongoing dismantling of equipment, the V-A-C Foundation is already using the areas of the future cultural center as an educational platform. This year, students of the Moscow curatorial summer school were trained here.Visualization of the project of the future cultural center V-A-C (photo - Renzo Piano Building Workshop) While everyone is waiting for the implementation of the new project - and its opening is scheduled for 2018 - let's see some more creations of the great Renzo Piano.Piano loves to build museum complexes. Another work of the architect is the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo. Three separate buildings combined glass roof. 10 exhibition halls, a small park, offices - a place was found for everything.This is not a ship, but the building of the NEMO science museum in Amsterdam (1997). High-tech style in all its glory: steel floors, open to the gaze of engineering communications and plating made of natural copper.The new wing of the Stuart Museum in Boston is an example of the integration of new spaces into old buildings. Geothermal regulation of air temperature plus natural lighting - a recipe from Maestro Piano.The building of the Institute of Art in Chicago is built in accordance with the principle of maximum openness of interiors.The California Academy of Sciences Building (2008, San Francisco) is the undisputed environmental leader in recent Piano projects. Its truly “green” roof of more than 1 hectare is a true meadow of more than 2 million plants. And inside - aquariums and rooms with a different microclimate, where plants are collected from around the world.The New York-Times Building skyscraper in western Manhattan: 52 floors and third place in the list of the tallest buildings in New York.

Paris, 2014 - the building fund fund Pate. The invisible outside, behind the facades of the 19th century, hides, in the words of Renzo Piano himself, an "organic being."

The interior of the Pate film studio gallery. The main illustration: the layout of the future cultural center of the V-A-C Foundation.
Illustrations for the material: Renzo Piano Building Workshop.