The project seeks to create a strong integration with the neighboring park as well as a remarkable landmark for Moscow through a sculptural icon for art and culture.
All the spaces are accessed from the street on the side of the piazza and the park. The program is stacked in a series of horizontal slabs with varying floor to ceiling heights catering for the various needs of the program. The location of each program seeks to make maximum use of the sloped roof above in terms of spatial quality and light accessibility.
– Ground Level:
Car park cater for 440 cars / Service entrance for the loading and unloading / Museum street entrance.
– Level 1:
Collections repository / Administration / Residences
– Level 2:
Lobby and public functions / Temporary exhibitions
– Level 3, 4, 5, 6:
Permanent and temporary exhibitions / Roof access
– Level 7:
Sky lobby / Belvedere.
The 345m long roof sloped at 33% seeks to create a strong statement for the public availability of art from the side of the park. Through its strong pitch towards the park, it serves as a backdrop for the public events on the piazza and an extension of the pedestrian realm. It is accessed through the spiral lobby on level 5 and can be used in a variety of ways, from public promenade, sculpture garden or bleachers for an event happening on the park or a movie projection on the roof itself. The proposed finishing material is of burnt wood planking creating a natural feel to the deck. Occasional operable openings in the roof allow for selected southern sun-rays to enter the museum however the curator sees fit. At night, they light the roof in horizontal rays of immaterial glow.
Towering at the maximum allowable height of 170m, the spire, at once a beacon of art, an urban sculpture and a panorama viewer, signals the NCCA from a distance to the citizens of Moscow. As a remarkable landmark of twisting and spiraling golden metal, it is symbolically related to the spiritual and political landmarks of the city, but this time around as a celebration of art as the process that elevates the human spirit. We also hope that this landmark can invite non-art lovers to visit the site to discover a new passion.