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A new Garage Summer Screen Cinema design is revealed

The design proposal by the Russian architecture practice Syndicate has been announced as the winner of the open competition for a new Garage Screen Summer Cinema in Moscow.

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Syndicate’s proposal beat out six shortlisted competitors, including SA Lab, Khvoya, Archifellows, Reka, and Concrete Jungle. The latter received a special mention from the jury. The results were announced on December 26.

A new temporary summer pavilion will be built in front of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in spring 2019. It will take the shape of a truncated pyramid elevated off the ground, allowing for the cinema hall to visually unfold into the park. The design references the Soviet-era Vremena Goda café, which was reconstructed by Rem Koolhaas as a permanent home for Garage.

“Garage Screen Cinema is a landmark. We don’t look at it as just a box-shaped space to watch movies. It is a dynamic object interacting with the context, always changing depending on the viewing angle. The materials that we have proposed are not common for summer cinemas. This should contribute to the success of the project,” said Viktor Stolbovoy, one of the authors of the project.

Founded by a team of young architects who have experience with major Russian and international firms, Syndicate creates buildings based on the principles of simplicity, availability of materials, and low maintenance.

“Syndicate offered something more than an architectural concept: it’s a new way of experiencing cinema. We hope that this competition will stimulate the development of temporary architecture in Russia,” said Dasha Zhukova, founder of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

The competition for the Garage Screen Summer Cinema was organized by Strelka KB. It offered up-and-coming Russian architects the opportunity to tackle an ambitious task: to design a multifunctional temporary summer cinema pavilion that would be accessible to visitors with disabilities and meet the museum’s standards of environmental responsibility.

“This competition will become annual and the pavilion will change its face every year. We will continue to support the new generation of professionals and through such competitions will discover new names,” said Varvara Melnikova, CEO of Strelka Institute.