Power house: Renzo Piano designs a new home for the V-A-C Foundation in Moscow
Moscow’s iconic red-brick Red October district has been slowly transforming into a vibrant neighbourhood of art, food and culture ever since its well known chocolate factory moved out, leaving a rich collection of industrial buildings behind, ripe for redevelopment.
The area’s latest ambitious project is the revival of the nearby disused GES2 power station (originally built between 1904 and 1907), which is set to be redesigned for the contemporary arts foundation V-A-C - an organisation dedicated to the growth and promotion of Russian contemporary art, across different media and channels. Heading the architectural scheme is Italian architect Renzo Piano and his Building Workshop.
The project is designed to comprise ample public space - an extensive free access area with a sculptural garden and piazza, library, bookshop, café, restaurant and auditorium. The foundation’s exhibition halls will form a separate key part of the building, while there will also be a dedicated section in the complex for education programs.
The plant’s existing, dramatic chimneys - a landmark for the area - are slated to remain, also becoming, after this revamp, an indispensable part of the site’ sustainability strategy, which also includes solar cells and geothermal sources. Completion is planned after the end of 2018.
Images: Courtesy of RPBW, 2015