Renzo Piano Building Workshop has completed the transformation of the historic GES-2 power station in Moscow into a space dedicated to contemporary culture, art and performance. Built in the early 1900s, the former industrial building was taken over by the V-A-C Foundation who, since December 2021, operates and curates the space with a programme revolving around visual arts, performing arts, music and also science. The campus also includes “making spaces” for artists, including workshops and a recording studio, as well as artists' accommodation. Leed Gold Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Renovation/Transformation GES-2 v-a-c.org/en/ges2
Location Moscow, Russia.
Project Cost n/a.
Time Frame Concept and Design: 2017-2018. Construction: 2019-2020. Opening: December 2021.
Owner V-A-C Foundation, Moscow, Russia.
Architect(s) Renzo Piano Building Workshop, France www.rpbw.com • APEX Project Bureau, Russia www.apex-project.ru
Seat Count A 100 m long exhibition space — the Nave — which includes a performance area for 100 audience, surrounded by a virtual acoustics system. For large events, the Nave can accommodate up to 3 000 standing audience. The Auditorium, furnished with a Gala seating system, has a variable seat count ranging from 300 to 450 seats. Ancillary spaces including a recording studio, galleries, teaching spaces, a restaurant and offices. Total building surface area: 20 000 m².
Uses Contemporary art exhibitions; large performances of opera, classical and contemporary music in the Nave; chamber music, lectures, drama and cinema in the Auditorium.
Services Full acoustic consulting and design scope for GES-2 including development of concept design and brief for room acoustics and audio systems, design of virtual acoustics systems, development of architectural solutions, recording studio design, building acoustics and noise control, site supervision and commissioning. Work completed in December 2021.
Team Evan Green, Cees Mulder, Eckhard Kahle, Kahle Acoustics. In collaboration with Akukon Oy, Finland.