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Winners announced of “Changing the Face” – an architecture competition for the re-design of Pushkinsky cinema, Moscow

8 Jun 2011

Pushkinsky Cinema Moscow Competition

Moscow, June 8, 2011 – DuPont together with Union of Architects of Russia, YEM, RIBA and Architizer are pleased to announce the winners of “Changing the Face – Moscow 2011,” a competition for ideas to redesign the façade of the famous Pushkinsky Cinema, located in Pushkin Square, Moscow.

The three winning proposals combine imaginative aesthetic thinking with technical innovation to create solutions that give new life to an ageing icon. The winning proposals were selected from 512 entries submitted by 1002 architects from 62 different countries. An exhibition of the winning designs will take place in the Central House of Architects in Moscow from June 8 to 19, 2011. The winners of the 2011 edition of “Changing the Face“ architectural competition are:

First prize (10 000 Euros): “Frozen in Time” by Juan Andres Diaz Parra (from Colombia)
DuPont material used: DuPont™ Corian® hi-tech surface

Second prize (5000 euros): “Moving Light Palace” by Adrian Reinboth, Jenny Grossmann, Franziska Böttcher (from Germany)
DuPont materials used: DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayers for structural laminated glass and DuPont™ Teflon® surface protection.

Third prize (3000 Euros):“The Pushkinsky Jewel” by Joseph Sung (from South Korea)
DuPont materials used: DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayers for structural laminated glass.

The architects who participated were asked to imagine a new facade for the Pushkinsky cinema, incorporating modern architectural solutions into the original location. The only condition set by the organisers was the use of at least one DuPont material, from DuPont™ Corian® high-tech surface for exterior cladding to DuPont™ SentryGlas® and DuPont™ SentryGlas® Expressions™ interlayers for structural and decorative laminated glass, and from DuPont™ Tyvek® advanced membranes for the building envelope to DuPont™ Alesta® architectural coatings and DuPont™ Teflon® architectural fabrics and surface protection for decorative coatings.

Each project was evaluated by an international Jury including: Andrey V. Bokov, Head of the Union Of Russian Architects; Sergey A. Skuratov, architect ‘Sergey Skuratov Architects‘; Aleksey Uchitel, film director: Kerem Erginoğlu, architect ‘Erginoğlu&Çalışlar Architects‘; Corrado Tibaldi, architect, DuPont Building Innovations; Matthias Hollwich, architect, winner of “Changing the Face” in 2010; Marc Kushner, architect winner of “Changing the Face” in 2010 and Bryan Avery, architect ‘Avery Associates.’

“Changing the Face”: a presentation of the three winning projects

First prize: “Frozen in Time” project by Juan Andres Diaz Parra

DuPont material used: DuPont™ Corian® hi-tech surface.

Frozen in Time most successfully balances a respect for the building’s formal heritage with forward looking experimentation to create an urban generator disguised as a natural phenomenon. Frozen in Time respects the theatre’s most striking urban component, a platonic solid that pulls itself back to reveal a grand entry, and breathes new life into it with a bold redefinition of ‘facade’. The proposal explodes the building outwards and far beyond the traditional definition of a wall.

The structure becomes a force of nature, to be enjoyed like a fountain or park, beautiful from afar and inhabitable up close. As the seasons change and the building moves from ice-scape to summer cloud, it transforms the city itself into a performance space where the Pushkinsky Theatre is the star.

“Frozen in Time” takes its inspiration from the poem “Winter Morning” by Alexander Pushkin which celebrates the way the bracing Russian winter can transfigure the landscape and create possibilities. The façade elements disperse water which in the summer becomes a cooling mist and in winter freezes to a new façade of ice surrounding the building. In this way the deep cold, which so often isolates people, actually creates a space for social interaction and a new landmark.

DuPont™ Corian® has been used in the skin of the building within a innovative and poetic concept: hundreds of elements, each one made with a metallic structure and a sphere of DuPont™ Corian®, become like stalactites in winter due to the low temperatures, while in summer they diffuse water creating a mist that modifies the external environment of the building, offering an even more fascinating atmosphere at night,” comments Juan Andres Diaz Parra.

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The “Frozen in Time” project by Juan Andres Diaz Parra, winner of the 2011 edition of „Changing the Face“ international architectural competition.

Second prize: “Moving Light Palace” by Adrian Reinboth, Jenny Grossmann, Franziska Böttcher (from Germany)

DuPont materials used: DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayers for safety laminated glass solutions and DuPont™ Teflon® surface protection.

Moving Light Palace integrates the Pushkinsky Cinema with the surrounding Pushkin Square. Electroluminescent wires surround the theatre and reach out into the park and the square. Through day and night these strands change to suit the environment, during the day they appear translucent and reflective like shaded glass, and at night, when the theatre is filled with patrons, they are illuminated making the theatre a beacon within the square.

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“Moving Light Palace” by Adrian Reinboth, Jenny Grossmann, Franziska Böttcher (from Germany), second prize at the 2011 edition of „Changing the Face“ international architectural competition.

Adrian Reinbroth, Franziska Boettcher and Jenny Grossman comment: “The electroluminescent lightwires are coated with DuPont™ Teflon® to prevent them from tangling and enable smooth moving wires as DuPont™ Teflon® is a material with one of the lowest friction coefficients plus as the durbaility of DuPont™ Teflon® is higher than the outer sleeve of the lightwires which are PVC. Electroluminescent technologies have a low power consumption compared to other lighting technologies.

Transforming the energy from the moving wires with pietzocrystals provides the energy which the lightwires consume while glowing. Their brightness appears the same from all angles of view, because electroluminescent light is not directional, as well as homogeneous and well perceived even from great distances. The copper-golden glass front is made from float glass with DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayer and a sheet of metallic coated float glass. The gold coating with its high reflectance helps to retain warmth and can reduce heating costs by 40% while it is inexpensive to produce”.

Third prize: “The Pushkinsky Jewel” by Joseph Sung

DuPont materials used: DuPont™ SentryGlas® interlayers for safety laminated glass solutions

This project encases the Pushkinsky Theatre in a glass “jewel” box. The design expands the footprint of the theatre inside a class volume and allows many of the functions of a typical lobby to be opened up to the gallery space which surrounds the original theatre. This gallery directs the social experience of the theatre outward, deepening its connection to the site and expanding its role in the life of Pushkin Square.

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“The Pushkinsky Jewel” project by Joseph Sung (from South Korea), third prize at the 2011 edition of „Changing the Face“ international architectural competition.

Joseph Sung comments: “The Pushkinsky Jewel’s grand Walk-around Gallery directly links the cinema to the landmark square‘s urban fabric, allowing the city of Moscow to inscribe its visions. The visual link between the Pushkinsky Cinema and the Pushkin Square is achieved through the glass curtain walls/ceiling using DuPont™ SentryGlas® structural interlayer. By enclosing the balcony space currently exposed, visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of the square, of its historic surrounding mini-park and monument in any kind of weather.

DuPont™ SentryGlas® structural interlayers were chosen, among others, due to their capability to protect against wind, weather and impact. By utilizing coated low-E glass, we increase the building overall energy efficiency – it can assist in engineering with more effective thermal insulation and by controlling the transmission of UV radiation. DuPont™ SentryGlas®, which offers long-term durability even when edges are exposed to weather and is less susceptible to moisture intrusion so remains free from clouding even after years of service, makes our specification choice ideal.“

To see the 70 shortlisted projects and learn more about the competition, please visit: www.changingtheface.com

The possibilities for turning one of these projects into reality are currently under evaluation.

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Pushkinsky Cinema Competition – excerpts below

8 Feb 2011

Pushkinsky Cinema

Moscow, 8 February 2011 – DuPont, in cooperation with Union of Russian Architects, Royal Institute of British Architects, YEM Building Information Center, Architizer and Karo Film, announces the sixth edition of an open ideas international competition:

“changing the face” – Pushkinsky cinema

The aim of the competition is to redesign the facade of the existing building – not to restore it to past glory but to create a landmark of the future.

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pictures from Corian ; DuPont

Redesigning the Pushkinsky Cinema Hall is a chance to give this theater a design befitting its position at the center of Russia’s cultural life. It is also an opportunity to rethink how the theater engages with the public from its prominent position in Pushkin Square.

Location: Pushkin Square, Moscow, Russia

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