A shortlist of six international teams has been chosen to advance to the second stage of the architectural competition for the Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The competition’s objective is to create a Museum and Educational Center that will compliment the historic Moscow Polytechnic Museum – one of the largest and oldest technical museums in the world – on the new territory of the Moscow State University (MSU). The new center is envisaged as a meeting point for the Russian and international scientific community. It will demonstrate the most recent scientific and technological discoveries using state-of-the-art multimedia technologies, for accommodating multiple displays and exhibitions as well as for conducing scientific educational programs for over 1.3 million annual visitors. The shortlisted design teams are:
Project Meganom (Russia) and John McAslan & Partners (UK) Mecanoo International B.V. (The Netherlands) and TPO Rezerv (Russia) Farshid Moussavi Architecture (UK) and Rozhdestvenka Architectural Bureau (Russia) Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto (Italy) and Speech (Russia) 3XN A/S (Denmark) and Asadov Architectural Studio (Russia) Leeser Architecture (USA) and ABD Architects (Russia) In February, the final six will present their concepts to the jury. A winner will be announced in late March 2013. In the unlikely case that one of the six teams chooses to drop out of the competition, COOP Himmelb(l)au (Austria) and Architecture Bureau Atrium (Russia) have been chosen to replace them.
The Jury: James Alexander (Great Britain), CEO at Event Communications Ltd. Andrey Vladimirovich Bokov, General Director of the Moscow State Unitary Enterprise “Moscow Research and Development Institute for the Culture, Recreation, Health and Sport Facilities ‘Mosproekt-4’”, President of the Russia’s Union of Architects Caroline Bos (The Netherlands), Co-Founder/Principal Urban Planner of UNStudio Andrey Evgenievich Busygin, Deputy Minister of culture of the Russian Federation Robert Firmhofer (Poland), Director of the Copernicus Science Centre (Warsaw), President of the Ecsite European Network of science centres and museums Jan Kleihues (Germany), Architect, Founder of Kleihues+Kleihues Architects Sergey Olegovich Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, First Deputy Chair of the Moscow Architecture and Urban Development Committee Nikolay Alexandrovich Novikov, Head of the Capital Construction Division at MSU Grigory Isaakavoch Revzin, Architecture reviewer and publicist Julia Vasilyevna Shakhnovskaya, Deputy General Director of the Polytechnic Museum via The Official Competition Website, Bustler