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Colombian wins RIBA Moscow theatre contest

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A team led by Juan Andres Diaz Parra from Colombia has won the international contest to redesign the facade of the Pushkinsky Cinema Hall in Moscow

The architect, in collaboration with Charlie Kentish and Evelyn Sam, was chosen from 512 entries in the RIBA-organised Changing the Face ideas competition backed by DuPont, in co-operation with the Union of Russian Architect.

Parra’s Frozen in Time proposal - which changes with the seasons from ‘ice-scrape to summer cloud’ - landed him the top prize of €10,000 (see full project description attached).

Second place and a windfall of €5,000 went to German trio Adrian Reinbroth, Franziska Boettcher and Jenny Grossman for their Moving Light Palace concept. Third place and €3,000 was handed to South Korea-based Joseph Sung for his Pushkinsky Jewel proposal.

Wlodek Sobon, DuPont’s competition manager said: ‘Moscow is the sixth town where DuPont organizes Changing the Face architectural competition. The number of projects submitted by the worldwide architectural community in this edition has significantly exceeded the most daring expectations. We will evaluate with the highest care all the ideas coming from the architects who attended the competition and we aim at turning one of these projects into reality.’

According to the RIBA Competition Office there were 64 projects submitted from UK entrants.


Previous story (AJ 09.02.2011)

Changing the Face - Pushkinsky cinema

An international contest, backed by among others the RIBA Competitions, has been launched to create ‘a landmark of the future’ with Moscow theatre redesign

The competition aims to demonstrate that changing the facade of once great buildings is not a mere superficial change but it is a modification that can dramatically revitalize landmarks and change the dynamics of public space.

Redesigning the Pushkinsky Cinema Hall is a chance to give this theater a design befitting its position at the center of Russia’s cultural life, as well as rethinking how the theater engages with the public from its prominent position in Pushkin Square.

Relevant deadlines:

Deadline for registration/entries: 15 May

Client contact details:

The competition is orgaised by DuPont, in co-operation with Union of Russian Architects, RIBA Competitions, YEM Building Information Center, Architizer.com and Karo Film, and is juried by an international panel.

Further details:

The only condition set by the organizers is the use at least one of DuPont materials.

Further information available at here.

Prize fund is 18,000 Euros.

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