Asymptote Unveils Plans for Hermitage Museum and New Tower in Moscow

Today in Moscow, Asymptote Architecture unveiled plans for the new Hermitage Modern Contemporary, alongside a 150-meter tower planned for ZiL – the city’s oldest industrial area and former Soviet automotive factory. The State Hermitage Museum’s newest outpost, the 15-story satellite facility was said to be inspired by El Lissitzky’s “Proun” painting, which informed the building’s “terraced interior.”

“With so much museum work over the years, we’ve dress-rehearsed for the Hermitage,” Hani Rashid of Asymptote told the New York Times back in July. “We’ve done a lot of thinking about how art might be seen in the future, about how the museum building itself can provoke artistic responses.”

The porous 140,000-square-foot museum will be wrapped in a digital skin and be used to exhibit the Hermitage’s influential collection of 20th-century art. It is expected to be built in 2019. 

Hermitage Modern Contemporary. Image © Asymptote - Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture
Hermitage Modern Contemporary. Image © Asymptote – Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture

The ZiL tower, which Asymptote also revealed today, will break ground by 2017. Its program will be devoted largely to housing, with its base being used for offices and retail. 

Zil Tower. Image © Asymptote - Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture
Zil Tower. Image © Asymptote – Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture

Asymptote will be collaborating with SPEECH on both projects. 

News via New York Timesarchi.ru, MSK Agency 

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