Architectural design office UNK project has won a competition to design the Atomic Energy Pavilion in Moscow’s Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNH), an area that has been in the process of redevelopment and growth since 2013. The pavilion aims to share the “history of the native nuclear industry” and its “contribution into modern economic development," according to competition organizer ROSATOM.
Of the six competition entries to advance to the final stage, the UNK project design, was the only that “decided not to pursue the literal associations with the atom and atomic energy in the hardware of the pavilion, but rather dispersed it in its software," according to the architects.
The design resonates with the existing surrounding environment, with its cantilever echoing the cupola structure of the neighboring Kosmos pavilion and traditionally designed open space between the two buildings.
The 75 by 75 meter pavilion occupies its entire site area and is divided into three main sections—a basement level, where the fundamental scientific principles of the atom will be explained, a first floor level, which will display new educational and science expositions in a contemporary exhibition space, and upper levels, which will host free communication areas aimed to encourage interaction amongst visitors.
“The main feature of the pavilion is the enormous cantilevered roof, which covers the entire glazed façade. Its structure is formed with the use of a self-supporting space frame, amalgamating a series of arched trusses, positioned perpendicular to each other. The result is a clear, unobstructed space below the cantilever, which can be transformed and adapted to any function, be it exhibition, film screening, or performance. The underside of the roof in turn functions as a universal screen which shows information, relevant stories, data about nuclear energy plants, et cetera.”
The project is expected to be completed by 2017. Learn more about the pavilion here.
Architect in ChargeYuliy Borisov
Design TeamOlga Poletkina, Alexander Pupyshev, Pavel Kultyshev, Lorenzo Mattana, Maria Iontseva, Alexandra Gorina, Natalia Saks, Stephen Shally
PhotographsCourtesy of UNK project
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