OMA’s Moscow art museum opens


Rem Koolhaas’ Garage Museum of Contemporary Art has opened in a refurbished Soviet-era restaurant in Moscow’s Gorky Park.

The museum is the new home for the gallery owned by Russian businesswoman and gallerist Dasha Zhukova – the partner of Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich.

The two-storey building was derelict for 20 years and some of the original Soviet mosaics have been preserved by Koolhaas’s studio OMA.


The translucent plastic skin is raised two metres off the ground to allow the ground-floor spaces to open out to the surrounding park. Dark panelling clads the lower portion of the building.

The Garage gallery was founded in 2008 by Zhukova and takes its name from its former home – a 1920s industrial garage designed by Russian architect Konstantin Melnikov.

It includes five exhibition galleries are spread out through the building. Other spaces include an auditorium,

OMA is currently working on other renovations, including turning a 19th century building in Paris into a gallery and artists studios, and the conversion of a historic Venetian palazzo into a department store.

The firm has just completed work on the Fondazione Prada arts centre in Milan, a converted distillery that features a “haunted house” clad in 24-carat gold leaf and a cinema camouflaged by mirrors.

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