New arts centre to be built in former power station

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has been asked to turn a Moscow power station into a new venue for arts and culture.

The power station, called the GES2, was built between 1904 and 1907 and was once a key supplier of energy to the Russian capital.

Covering 2ha, the work for Russian contemporary art backer VAC Foundation is designed to offer new opportunities for artists and audiences on a local, national and international level and is VAC’s first major venue in the city.


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The scheme will also include a 23m high central nave


The plan will keep the original structure of the power station and insert a ‘web-like’ building-scale device into it. The scheme will include a piazza area in front of the south-east entrance while the site will be organised into three main areas.

As well as exhibition space, the development on the banks of the Moskva river will include workshops, classrooms, a library, bookshop and restaurant.

Work is due to finish by early 2019.