APEX project bureau is the general designer of the "Hexagon" pavilion, which will be reconstructed according to the architectural concept of the Japanese bureau SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates). The reconstruction of the pavilion, located on the territory of Gorky Park, will become a truly significant event in the cultural life of Moscow. It will feature three exhibition galleries (two in the facet pavilions and one on the lower ground level), a library, a bookstore, and a café. The courtyard of the building will be an open public space.
Concept adaptation, PD
The Hexagon is unique thanks to its proportions, its repetitive elements, and the open nature of the building in relation to the courtyard. To preserve this atmosphere for future visitors, architects based the design on six principles:
The specific proportions conceived by Ivan Zholtovsky should be preserved.
The six pavilions open inward to create a shared courtyard space. The visual and physical (passages) connections between the pavilions will be preserved, ensuring the integrity of the entire architectural plan.
The natural light in each pavilion will be preserved, with the possibility to control lighting based on the Museum’s requirements.
The proportions and heights (single or double) within the pavilions will be preserved, providing a large and versatile space for the Museum’s programs.
The facades will be cleared of later decorative elements and the neoclassical outline of the building will be restored. Later additions or details will be considered distinct from or secondary to Zholtovsky’s design.
The new landscape will underline the geometry and proportions of the pavilions and visually connect the Hexagon to Vremena Goda.
The new pavilions and underground spaces will be designed to contemporary energy efficiency standards and with advanced envelope and heat recovery systems. All glazing in the project is large- pane, high-performance glass to withstand the harsh winters and very hot summers. The panels are designed with high transparency and color rendering index to reduce color distortion and retain the close connection between the interior and the exterior. There is an extra layer of light control on the interior side in the form of semi-transparent curtains or opaque blinds to allow for maximum flexibility of use.