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Zoya Museum Complex

Author: Oleg Zdanovsky

Architectural firm: A2M

Year of construction: 2020

Location: Petrishchevo, Moscow region, Russia

Zoya Museum Complex is located in a huge field near the village of Petrishchevo, outside Moscow. It is dedicated to the Soviet war hero Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, a partisan who fought against the Nazis and was captured and brutally executed by the invading forces in 1941.

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Photos: Mitya Chebanenko

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A2M, the architects behind the museum project, tried to link together the history of WWII, the village, and several hectares of land around the museum.

The main building is surrounded by a circular walking route with a diameter of 150 meters. It covers the main places of interest: the monument to Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, the place of her execution, the old museum, and the Kulik house.

Photo: Ilya Ivanov

Photos: Mitya Chebanenko

The facade of the building is made of concrete panels that create a powerful play of light and reinterpret the vernacular textures of local village houses. Its uneven contour is covered by a canopy and framed by a rectangular colonnade, which gives the building the strictness and solemnity appropriate for a military museum.

Photos: Mitya Chebanenko

The two-story building with a total area of 2500 sq. m. includes an exhibition space, a cafe, and a gift shop. Each of the eight halls has a different shape and function.

Photo: Mitya Chebanenko

Throughout the building, there are observation points that offer views of important sites of the complex—thus the historical landscape is woven into the narrative of the exhibition.

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The cafe has panoramic windows, while its space is structured around a central element stylized as a traditional Russian oven.

Photos: Mikhail Loskutov

According to the architects, the lit and minimalist design of the space reminds us that we live in peaceful times.

Cover image: Ilya Ivanov

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