Garage Museum of Contemporary Art started in 2008 as the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. It got its name from its first location: the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage in Moscow. In 2012 it was relocated to the Gorky Park, in the heart of Moscow. First to a temporary pavilion and finally in 2015 to its first permanent building, a famous soviet restaurant built in 1968 renovated by OMA into a museum.
With Garage’s arrival, Gorky Park, in the heart of Moscow, became a place for Russian contemporary culture and art.
The 2012 temporary pavilion comprised a main pavilion by Shigeru Ban and a smaller one designed by the young Russian architects KOSMOS; Artem Ktaev, Leoni Slonimskiy and Nikolay Martynov, in collaboration by Maxim Spivakov. Their proposal is based on the Hexagonal Pavilion from the Soviet classicist architect Ivan Zholtovskiy. In a smaller scale their proposal arranges six buildings around a central courtyard.
The six box-like volumes are organised in a way that forms three different polygonal courtyards. Each box-like volume consists of a white wooden structure. The whole is wrapped in textile which makes it a singular building and blurs the sharp edges and shapes generated by the volumes and their arrangement. The textile used is simply debris netting: a cheap and utilitarian material used to cover facades in construction or demotion site. Used in several layers, this also becomes a way of regulating light in each space and according to where we stand the net appears more or less translucent.
Kosmos shows a simple but interesting understanding of materials and of a temporary exhibition space through the use of simple shaped boxes, common materials such as wood and debris netting, and neutral color such as white.
Photos by Yuri Palmin