Moscow’s Garage Museum Opened
On 10 June 2015, Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova opened the new Garage Museum in Moscow’s Gorky Park. Werner Sobek engineered structures, facades and MEP for this ambitious transformation of a Soviet-era cafeteria. The former Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) restaurant was converted into an art gallery. OMA‘s design for the 5,400 m² building includes exhibition galleries on two levels, a creative center for children, shop, café, auditorium and offices. The design preserved original Soviet-era elements – including a large mosaic, tiles, and brick – while incorporating a range of innovative architectural and curatorial devices. Amongst other things Werner Sobek’s engineering comprised the design of a double skin façade made out of polycarbonate units at the outside and inside. The cavity of the double skin façade is preconditioned to guarantee climate conditions suitable for art galleries.