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Heneghan Peng’s Moscow gallery shelved

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Heneghan Peng Architects’ competition-winning £184 million art gallery in Moscow has been scrapped

The Dublin-based practice’s scheme for a 17-storey new home for Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts in north-west Moscow was abandoned after it failed to secure central government funding.

Gallery head Sergey Perov told The Arts Newspaper that the government had failed to budget for the project’s £184 million cost project.

The site – formerly an airfield – is part of the Russian capital’s Khodynskoe Pole regeneration district. It has now been transferred to the City of Moscow for the construction of a new public park.

Heneghan Peng beat local practice MEL and Madrid’s Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos in the early 2014 race for the flagship scheme within the wider regeneration of Khodynskoe Pole.

The judges were impressed by the practice’s ‘stacked’ galleries concept, which would have allowed visitors to ‘go straight to a single floor without moving horizontally through layers of gallery’.

The contest, organised by the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, attracted more than 900 entries, including submissions from Zaha Hadid, OMA, Shigeru Ban Architects, Kengo Kuma & Associates and Morphosis Architects.

It was originally scheduled to start on site in 2015, and a foundation stone was laid by Russia’s minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky four years ago.

The competition was backed by the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture, the City of Moscow Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning and the Union of Moscow Architects.

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  • There must surely be more to this story than meets the eye - 'failed to budget' raises more questions (given the previous history of the project) than it answers, except, perhaps, in Putin's Moscow.

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