The structures of the old power station on the riverfront of Moscow Bolotnaya will be converted into new didactic center and museum center signed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano.
The didactic center will cover an area of 1,700 square meters with an exhibition space that will cover an area of 9,000 square meters. The project will be inaugurated by 2018 and will welcome 750 thousand visitors a year.
Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin: “Large city programmes meet at the GES-2 hydroelectric power station. The first is linked with making more reliable Moscow’s heat and electricity supply.
The second large programme provides for restoring architectural monuments. As of last year we started withdrawing power capacities from there and launched a new substation recently. So, the GES-2 station that served Moscow well for about 100 years is now being put out of service.
There will be no boilers there and no additional electricity generation. This is a big plus for the environment and reliable heat supplies. Additionally, this is an amazing architectural monument that requires careful treatment.
I’m grateful to Leonid Mikhelson (president of the V-A-C Modern Art Fund) for suggesting the fascinating project to create a museum, educational and public space there.
I think this interesting project will make it possible to restore the monument and recreate even those elements that were lost and create a comfortable space for Moscow residents and guests.”
Source and images by Moscow City Government.