Organized by the Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation, the team of MASSIMILIANO FUKSAS Architetto (Italy) and SPEECH (Russia) was recently announced the winner of Architectural Concepts Competition for the Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The challenge was to create a museum and educational center for demonstrating most recent scientific and technological discoveries using state-of-the-art multimedia technologies for accommodating multiple displays and exhibitions as well as for conducting scientific educational programs. More images and information on the winning team and finalists after the break.
The winning project features a double height glass base 9,20m high, 3-storey upper volumes 25m high, a terrace level approximately 6,40m high and 2 underground levels. It also has an airy, open-plan entrance hall with separate accesses to the different zones.
The competition had two stages. On the first stage, over 50 companies and consortiums registered to participate in the competition. In the beginning of December 2012, the International Jury of the Competition determined six participants of the second stage of the competition. For two months, the selected teams worked on the development of the architectural concepts for the new building of the Museum and Educational Center. After the technical review, the competition projects were presented to the Jury on March 15. All the projects were examined by the Jury under codes and in full confidentiality. They were evaluated by such criteria as their feasibility, quality of the planning, urban development and conceptual solutions, as well as the estimated expenditures for construction and maintenance. As a result of the Jury voting, a recommendatory rating was prepared for the consideration of the Polytechnic Museum Board of Trustees during their process of decision-making regarding the winner of the competition.
Other finalists of the competition were:
PROJECT MEGANOM (Russia) and JOHN MCASLAN & PARTNERS (UK)
3XN A/S (Denmark) and ASADOV Architectural Studio (Russia)
MECANOO International B.V. (The Netherlands) and TPO REZERV (Russia)
FARSHID MOUSSAVI ARCHITECTURE (UK) and ROZHDESTVENKA Architectural Bureau
LEESER ARCHITECTURE (USA) and ABD Architects (Russia)
The competition is organized by the Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation. The competition is conducted by the order of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University. In the future, the Museum and Educational Center is expected to play an important role in the life of Moscow, and become a multi-functional cultural and educational hub and a communication forum both for the scientific community and the wide audience interested in the modern science.
Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design acts as consultant of the competition. All the official results of the competition, as well as the news and updates can be found at the official website of the competition here.