Ever since our Russian adventure, we have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the new temporary pavilion for the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, in Moscow's Gorky Park.
The structure will be the temporary home of the well known cultural organisation - the brainchild of gallerist Dasha Zhukova and her charity, the Iris Foundation - for the next few months, holding the fort till next summer when works at the centre's more permanent home by Rem Koolhaas' architecture practice OMA will be completed.
Shigeru Ban has once again used his customary medium of locally sourced paper, tubes of which form the pavilion's curved exterior walls. Located near Gorky Park's Pionersky Pond, the structure spans a total area of 2,400 sq m, which includes an 800 sq m exhibition space, a bookshop and café. The pavilion will play temporary host to the centre's exhibitions and educational activities.
The inaugural exhibition 'Temporary Structures in Gorky Park: From Melnikov to Ban', focuses on the pavilion's typology and its impermanent nature. Touching upon realized and unrealized work, the exhibition will also show rare archival drawings and information on the numerous short-term structures installed in the park over the years, through conventional as well as multi-media and interactive elements.
The projects on display range from works by Konstantin Melnikov, Alexey Shchusev and Vyacheslav Oltarzhevsky to Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin and Vera Mukhina.