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Foster's dominance grows in Russia with new cultural quarter

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Foster + Partners has revealed its proposals for a new cultural quarter for the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia.

Part of a wider masterplan drawn up by Foster, the project will include the refurbishment of the museum, as well as the listed villas around the site, to create a new cultural quarter in the heart of Moscow.

Foster intends to reinstate the grand entrance of the 1912 museum, and the glass roof will be restored and considerably increased in true Foster style to provide year-round gallery spaces.

The scheme will also include the renovation of Stulov’s Lodging House, which will become a boutique hotel, while four new buildings will provide an exhibition building, a 600-seat concert hall, a library and a new administration building.

Foster said: ‘It is a true masterplan in the sense that it is less about individual buildings and more about the coherence of the site in its entirety, with an emphasis on landscaping and public spaces.

‘It is also about enhancing connections – both above and below ground. Improvements to the historic buildings and better provisions for back-of-house facilities will make the Pushkin’s magnificent collections more accessible and part of a wider destination.’

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