• Sunday , 8 December 2019

heneghan peng architects Win NCCA Moscow Competition


Dublin-based heneghan peng architects have won an international design competition for a new National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) at Moscow’s Khodynskoe Pole.

The new museum is intended to be Russia’s main national hub for contemporary art and will host exhibitions as well as educational facilities such as a research center with instructive programs.

The NCCA Board of Trustees determined the winner of the international contest on 23 December. The final session of the international jury panel took place earlier, on the 12th December, in the course of which three finalists were selected from the ten companies that had taken part in the second round of the contest. They are Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos from Spain, Russian architectural studio Mel and the Irish bureau Heneghan Peng Architects.

heneghen peng‘s winning concept 
This proposal positions the NCCA building as a vertical element at the centre of Khodynskoe Pole rising above shopping mall Aviapark. The verticality concentrates the activities on the ground to create an intensity at a single point in this vast space. Given the scale and relative sparsenesss of activities in the area, the aim is to concentrate the flow of people to generate an excitement and energy which can then expand into other areas as the park develops. In this proposal, the exhibition spaces are designed as a series of stacked galleries allowing people to either visit a particular gallery of interest or browse through the entire collection. The advantage of the vertical organisation is that galleries are quickly accessible, allowing one to go straight to a single floor without moving horizontally though layers of gallery.


According to the competition organisers, this competition is a landmark event in the cultural life of Russia and Moscow, and will serve to create a prominent architectural image in the large-scale project that is the redevelopment of Khodynskoe Pole. It is vital that the new NCCA becomes the main national institution for all manifestations of contemporary art, and that it opens up communication channels with similar centers in other countries around the world, uniting all who take part in the creation, study, promotion and advancement of contemporary Russian art.

About the competition

The international open competition for the concept for the architectural project of the new National Centre for Contemporary Art building (“the New NCCA”) on the territory of Khodynskoe Pole was announced on the 24th July 2013 by the Russian Federation Minister of Culture V. R. Medinsky.  The competition client is the National Centre for Contemporary Art, the organizer – the “New Art” Foundation for the Promotion of Contemporary Art.  The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design is acting as project consultant, elaborating the technical specifications and providing assistance in organizing all stages of the contest. The competition was held with the support of the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture, the City of Moscow Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning and in partnership with the Union of Moscow Architects. The NCCA Board of Trustees are financing the competition.

The international open competition consisted of two rounds, together lasting six months. More than 900 applications were handled and around 250 of them met the competition requirements. In the first round (20th August – 20th September), an elimination process took place ending with the jury’s selection of ten participants. To conclude the second round (2nd October – 22nd November), the international jury selected three finalists. After negotiations with the NCCA Board of Trustees the ultimate winner had been determined, which architectural concept underlies the final construction project. The integrated development of project documentation and the construction of the museum building will be financed by the state.

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