GES 2

Renzo Piano
Moscow, Russia

Built between 1904 and 1908 in Bálchug (Bolotny óstrov), a river island in the heart of Moscow, GES-2 was a power station.

Image number 15 of the current section of GES 2 in Cosentino Ireland

The old plant is now a space conceived as an experience of going from visual to performing arts, via a welcoming civic space. The 20,000-square-meter building is the new headquarters of the V-A-C Foundation, and includes a library, an auditorium, exhibition halls, classrooms, and workshops. Parts that had been added to the industrial facility were removed in order to bring back the original volume and massing. Also, the central bay was stripped of all elements that made the whole length of this space difficult to perceive.

One of the main focuses of the project was preserving the historical metal structure. This called for chemical analysis and inspection of every time-damaged element to replace or repair. Four chimneys were maintained, but with brick giving way to steel, and they now capture clean air 70 meters above the ground, activating natural ventilation and reducing energy consumption. The project is based on two main concepts: a space where visitors feel guided by their own intuition, and fluid circulation in a ‘spatial sculpture.’

Image number 16 of the current section of GES 2 in Cosentino Ireland
Image number 17 of the current section of GES 2 in Cosentino Ireland
Image number 18 of the current section of GES 2 in Cosentino Ireland
Image number 19 of the current section of GES 2 in Cosentino Ireland
Image number 20 of the current section of GES 2 in Cosentino Ireland
Image number 21 of the current section of GES 2 in Cosentino Ireland
Image number 22 of the current section of GES 2 in Cosentino Ireland
Image number 23 of the current section of GES 2 in Cosentino Ireland
Image number 24 of the current section of GES 2 in Cosentino Ireland
Image number 27 of the current section of GES 2 in Cosentino Ireland
Image number 28 of the current section of GES 2 in Cosentino Ireland

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