International competition for the architectural concept of the new National Centre for Contemporary Arts

We hold the international competition for the architectural concept of museum and exhibition complex of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Eol, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Museum
Country Moscow, Russia
RegDeadline 20 September 2013 GoogleCal iCal
20 September 2013 (via Online)
Eligibility Russian and international teams of architects

The last few decades have seen a real museum boom. According to the British urban design specialist Charles Landry, whilst culture had previously been seen as a costly area, it has now become a resource for land development.
The new building of the National Center for Contemporary Art in Khodynskoye Pole (Moscow) must become the main national institution and a focus for all possible ventures in the sphere of contemporary art. These include young artists’ projects and luminaries’ exhibitions; the Center’s own collection and those of other institutions and private collections; the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art and the National Contemporary Art award; open lectures and movie shows; professional conferences; publishing programs and an e-library; concerts and performances; an art school for children; artists’ studios; a café and a bookstore, etc. The NCCA will unite people who create, develop, support, and promote contemporary art. Entering the Center, every visitor must feel not just as if he were in Moscow or Russia but in a world-scale Center of Contemporary Art, a significant point on the map of the museum world.
The new Centre building in Moscow will become a national bank of knowledge about modern art and will form a large-scale permanent exposition. It will organize modern, highly professional exhibitions and interdisciplinary projects. In addition, it must attract a great number of visitors, including a whole new audience who would not traditionally have visited such a museum. It is to be an institution with a developed museum infrastructure (a cafe, a club, a bookstore and gift shops, a room for children’s activities, etc.), a research center and an educational program, the purpose of which is to familiarize a wide range of visitors — Muscovites and tourists, children and adults, those with previous experience of such art or those without — with the art of the past decades and excite interest in this sphere of world culture.
The new building of the Center must become a platform for the development of creative thinking and must be independent and distinctive. It will be a place of intellectual potency which will enrich the Khodynskoe Pole area with its unique character and beautify Moscow’s architectural landscape.

Maria Baibakova (Russia) Director and Chief Curator, BAIBAKOV art projects
Bart de Baere (Belgium) Director, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuHKA)
Louis Becker (Denmark) Principal, Partner, Henning Larsen Architects
Manuel Borja-Villel (Spain) Deputy Vice-President of the Fundación Museo Reina Sofía, Director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Giovanna Carnevali (Spain) Director, Mies van der Rohe Foundation
Massimiliano Gioni (USA) Associate Director, Director of Exhibitions, The New Museum
Sergei Kuznetsov (Russia) Chief Architect of Moscow
Leonid Lebedev (Russia) Member of The Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
Mikhail Mindlin (Russia) Director of The National Center for Contemporary Arts
Mikhail Piotrovsky (Russia) General Director of The State Hermitage Museum
Nikolai Shumakov (Russia) President of The Union of Moscow Architects
Alexander Skokan (Russia) Director, Architectural Bureau «Ostozhenka»
Sergey Tchoban (Russia) Managing partner, Architectural Bureau «SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov»
Renowned international architect (to be announced)
Renowned international architect (to be announced)

Each of ten participants of the second stage will receive remuneration in amount of 1,2 million rubles for the architectural concept.
The Jury will choose three finalists, one of which (the author) will be entitled to the further implementation of the project.

Entry Fee

(i) participation in examination and comparison of Dossiers; or
(ii) participation in examination and comparison of Preliminary Concepts

Russian and English

First Jury meeting. 10 participants selected to go through the second stage: September 30th- October 1st
Introductory workshop for the participants of the second stage: October 8th- October 10th
Development of architectural concepts by the participants of the second stage: October 2nd- November 15th
Development of prototypes by the participants of the second stage: October 2nd- November 29th
Technical expertise: November 18th- November 29th
Assessment of 10 projects. Three finalists selected by the Jury. Winner selected by the NCCA Board of Trustees: December 2nd- December 13th

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