The meeting of the Jury for selecting six participants of the Competition of Architectural Concepts for the Museum and Educational Centre of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University was held on the 6th of December 2012 in the Fundamental library of Moscow State University.
According to the voting the following participants were shortlisted:
1. PROJECT MEGANOM (RUSSIA) and JOHN MCASLAN & PARTNERS (UK)
2. MECANOO International B.V. (THE NETHERLANDS) and TPO REZERV (RUSSIA)
3. Farshid Moussavi Architecture (UK) and Rozhdestvenka Architectural bureau (RUSSIA)
4. MASSIMILIANO FUKSAS Architetto (ITALIA) and SPEECH (RUSSIA)
5. 3XN A/S (DENMARK) and ASADOV Architectural Studio (RUSSIA)
6. LEESER ARCHITECTURE (USA) and ABD Architects (RUSSIA)
In case one of the selected Participants rejects from participating in the second stage of the Competition the consortium of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU (Austria) and Architecture bureau ATRIUM (Russia) was chosen to replace it. The decision was made according to the voting.
The selected teams are now invited to prepare architectural concepts for the Museum and Educational Center by early February. After the technical expertise, the results will be presented to the jury, and the final result will be made at the end of March 2013.
In 2010, a project was launched to renovate Moscow Polytechnic Museum, one of the largest in the world and one of the oldest technical museums in Russia. In 2011, Event Communications Ltd. developed the Polytechnic Museum’s makeover and development concept. In 2013, the historic building will be closed for reconstruction. The development concept includes construction of a new Musem and Educational Centre of the Moscow Polytechnic Museum and the Moscow State University.
The Museum and Educational Centre is envisaged as a meeting point for the Russian and international scientific community. This will help it to keep abreast of time and ensure that its exhibits, educational programmes and interaction with the visitors are up to the mark.
The new building will provide access to the public displays of the Polytechnic Museum for the interested visitors. As a true world-class educational hub, the Centre will enrich Moscow’s cultural landscape.
It will embrace an Science-Art Gallery designed to become a hi-tech dynamic environment for temporary exhibitions related to the pressing science and social issues, a Science Movie Theatre, a Science Media Centre and so on.
The Project objective is to create a Museum and Educational Centre 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 conducing scientific educational programmes.
The Museum and Educational Centre should accommodate around 1,370,000 visitors annually, including 50,000 people from the ‘direct audience’ – 40,000 university students and 10,000 university staff from different faculties and schools of the Moscow State University.