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22 February 2022
Galiasgar Kamal Theatre Design Competition Winner, Lake Kaban, Tatarstan, central Russia
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Galiasgar Kamal Tatarian State Academy Theater Competition Seminar
An orientation seminar for the finalists of the open international competition for development of an architectural concept for the Galiasgar Kamal Tatar State Academy Theatre will take place on November 27–28 in Kazan.
The consortia representatives will be able to familiarize themselves with the competition territory.
Meetings with representatives of the Kamal Theatre will be held as part of the seminar. Finalists will be able to ask any questions they are interested in, as well as to explore the theatre from inside.
The finalists will also have an opportunity to discover the city. Excursions to the historical settlements of Kazan, the embankment of Nizhniy Kaban lake and the Kazan Kremlin will take place, as well as an “Identity and Modernity” architectural tour of the city, and an excursion to the artistic culture exhibition of the Tatars in the National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan.
One of the most important components of the orientation seminar is introducing participants to the culture and traditions of the Kamal Theatre, and
also to the Tatar identity. The finalists will have an engaging tour of the theatre with the opportunity to participate in workshops, as well as a performance in a “theatre of citizens” format about the “old” and “new” buildings of Kamal Theatre (“Hello, I’m in the theater! Әлү, мин театрда!”).
Previously on e-architect:
13 October 2021
8 Finalists Have Been Selected For Development Of A Concept For The New Kamal Theatre Building
On October 12, a jury meeting of the open international competition for development of an architectural concept for the Galiasgar Kamal Tatar State Academy Theatre took place.
The jury, chaired by mayor Ilsur Metshin, considered applications from 26 consortia and 13 individual competitors from 14 countries. The experts evaluated participants according to several criteria: relevance and degree of implementation of the projects presented in the portfolio, essay content and the idea proposed for the future theatre.
“President of the republic Rustam Minnikhanov set the task of taking the most responsible approach to implementation of this project. The key architectural concept should take into account sustainable development of the historic center of Kazan. The new theatre shall blend harmoniously into the context of the embankment and the entire old Tatar settlement, and become a unique landmark, in the same way the current building did in its time,” said the Mayor of Kazan and jury chair Ilsur Metshin.
As a result, 8 consortia made it to the final.
Galiasgar Kamal Tatarian State Academy Theater Competition Finalists
Consortium headed by: Novikov Architectural Practice (Kazan)
Consortium members: Borgos Pieper (Barcelona, Spain), Theatre Projects (London, Great Britain)
Their notable projects: Nizhny Kaban lake embankment in Kazan (Russia), Central Park in Valencia (Spain), Norwegian National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Oslo (Norway)
Consortium headed by: Metropolis (Moscow)
Consortium member: Coop Himmelb(l)au (Vienna, Austria)
Their notable projects: Opera and Ballet Theatre in Sevastopol (Russia), Busan Film Center (South Korea), Museum and Theatre Complex in Kemerovo (Russia)
Theatre Lab Consortium under the leadership of: Rozhdestvenka Architect Bureau (Moscow)
Consortium member: BURO SMART (St. Petersburg/Moscow)
Their notable projects: 1000th anniversary of Almaty Square (Kazakhstan)
Consortium headed by: Megabudka Architectural Bureau (Moscow)
Consortium members: Architect Bureau: FORM (Moscow), ZARF architects (Kazan)
Their notable projects: Kudykina Gora Natural Park Hospitality Center (Russia), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art building (jointly with OMA, Russia)
East Wind Consortium under the leadership of: Kazan State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (Kazan)
Consortium members: DA! Architects (Shanghai, China), Dialog urban planning (Kazan)
Their notable projects: 2nd stage of improvement of Kaban lake embankment (Russia)
Consortium headed by: Wowhaus Bureau (Moscow)
Consortium members: Kengo Kuma & Associates (Tokyo, Japan), Werner Sobek (Stuttgart, Germany)
Their notable projects: Stanislavsky Electric Theatre (Russia), Darius Milhaud Conservatory (France). Besançon Arts and Culture Center (France)
Consortium headed by: PRIDE Creative Production Association (Moscow)
Consortium members: Zaha Hadid Architects (London, Great Britain), Atelier Ten (London, Great Britain), Theatre Projects (London, Great Britain)
Their notable projects: Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku (Azerbaijan), Guangzhou Opera House (China), Changsha Meixihu International Cultural Center (China)
Consortium headed by: Bespoke Architects (Kazan)
Consortium member: Asif Khan Studio (London, Great Britain)
Their notable projects: Carbon fiber portals for the public space entrance at Dubai Expo 2020 (UAE), Urban Business Center (Russia)
“There are excellent candidates participating. They are all teams consisting of specialists from all over the world. Our task at this stage is to explain what is specific to the Republic of Tatarstan. We should introduce them to the nuances of Tatar culture, and create a team that will help them understand what is specific to Kazan and special about Tatarstan. It will help a lot in the work on projects,” said Farrukh Derakhshani, international curator of the competition.
The jury consists of representatives from the Government of Tatarstan, the Executive Committee of Kazan, federal level experts in the field of architecture, representatives of Tatar science and culture, and stars of the theatre world and cultural sphere. The full jury list is available on the official competition website https://theatre.tatar/.
“I think the expert council and jury members made the right decisions. I think they are not only the right ones, but also made with great love for the theatre, the people who work here, and the republic. This is only the beginning, and we have a lot of work ahead of us. We hope that all the wishes of our employees and spectators will be taken into account in the projects,” said Farid Bikchantaev, chief director of the Galiasgar Kamal Tatar State Academic Theatre.
Work with the finalists will continue remotely. At the end of October, there will be online seminars that immerse the participants in the urban and cultural context of the territory. The finalists will see the Kamal Theatre’s performances translated into Russian and English, and become acquainted with the theatre company. At the end of November, finalists will come to Kazan for an orientation seminar, during which they will tour the competition area. Lectures about Tatar artistic culture, visits to theatres, performances of the city’s theatre, and working meetings and round tables await them. The finalists will present their concepts on January 20. The final results of the competition will be announced at the final jury meeting in February.
The Open International Competition for development of an architectural concept of the Galiasgar Kamal Theatre was launched on the main stage of the theatre on July 23. The initiators of the competition are President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and the Galiasgar Kamal Tatar State Academic Theatre. The Competition is supported by the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Executive Committee of Kazan city and the Institute for Urban Development of the Republic of Tatarstan Fund. The operator of the competition is the International Urban Laboratory CENTER Lab.
The finalists’ portfolios are available here https://disk.yandex.ru/d/hWrYV2UEU3yLQg
Previously on e-architect:
15 September 2021
Galiasgar Kamal Theatre Architecture Competition News
22 Sep 2021: Extended deadline for applications
13 September 2021
Location: Lake Kaban, Tatarstan, central Russia
Galiasgar Kamal Theatre Architecture Competition, Russia
We announce the Open International Competition for the development of the architectural concept of the Tatar State Academic Theater named after Galiasgar Kamal.
15 Sep 2021: Deadline for applications
27 Sep 2021: Expert Council meeting
28 Sep 2021: Jury meeting
11 – 12 Oct 2021: Field seminar for finalists
13 Jan 2022: End of acceptance of competitive proposals
26 Jan 2022: Expert Council meeting
27 Jan 2022: Jury meeting for selection of the winner
Galiasgar Kamal Tatarian State Academy Theater Competition
On The Launch Of The International Competition For Development Of An Architectural Concept Of Galiasgar Kamal Theatre, Kazan, Republic Of Tatarstan
On 23 July, the Open International Competition for development of an architectural concept of Galiasgar Kamal Tatarian State Academy Theater was launched on the main stage of the theater. To enter the competition, participants need to complete an application form on the official website at http://theater.tatar/ by September 15. The competition will end on January 27, 2022.
The event was attended by Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan Irada Ayupova, Principal Director of the Galiasgar Kamal Tatarian State Academy Theater Farid Bikchantaev, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Natalia Fishman-Bekmambetova, and Co-Incorporator of the International Urban Laboratory CENTER Lab Sergei Georgievskii.
“The significance of Kamal Theater as the first national theater with a century-long history is high for both Kazan and its citizens, as well as for the entire Tatar world. We want to use the most maximalist approach to the execution of this project. This is exactly why we are launching an international competition for this project. Nowadays, we engage international players in order to design territories and facilities that have a special meaning for the city. Lake Kaban waterfront in its current guise is a result of an international competition as well, even though there were plenty of sceptics at the start stage. We now have a unique waterfront that is loved by natives of Kazan and admired by our visitors. We expect the same deserving result from this competition,” said Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin.
“Creation of new spaces is linked to both an increase in demand for space and development of the theater itself, as well as reflection on its place in modern society and role in the culture of Tatarstan. We lack rehearsal rooms, well-equipped dressing rooms, we have no dance hall, no space where our actors can give classes, we don’t have enough rooms for decoration, props and costumes storage, and the conditions for operating personnel (who also participate in the general creative process) are very modest. But most importantly, we don’t have a modern performance venue where directors and artists can go beyond creating and imagining, and so, as they say, put their most ambitious ideas into reality. It’s not about particular people, it’s about the theater art that doesn’t have the right to remain stagnant, and this includes the technology field as well. Well-known Tatar writer Karim Tinchurin said that theater has to use all achievements of the modern art in its work in order to be able to communicate modern rhythms,” noted Principal Director of Galiasgar Kamal Tatarian State Academy Theater Farid Bikchantaev.
The competition will end on January 27, 2022. Both Russian and foreign companies can participate. Applicants can cooperate as Consortia. When forming these, inclusion of professional teams from the Republic of Tatarstan is welcome.
“The jury will acknowledge the presence of Kazan teams in consortia. To take context into account and to execute the project next, it is important for us to have citizens of Kazan participate in consortia from the start. We realize that this is a major push forward for the growth of local competencies. People who take part in international competitions and then execute projects in cooperation with international specialists present us works on a different level. We can see it from the results we receive from our architects. We also follow the reaction of natives of Kazan.
The building will be situated in a park, and all communications and parking lots will all be placed underground. The territory planned to be used as a park is going to be one, a park zone with a theater building. We are absolutely not going to add any other buildings to it and pave it. That is part of the terms of reference of the competition. A requirement all participants should comply with,” said Assistant to President of the Republic of Tatarstan Natalia Fishman-Bekmambetova.
The competition will be held in accordance with UNESCO Recommendations related to international competitions for architecture and city development.
The initiators of the competition are President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and the Galiasgar Kamal Tatarian State Academy Theater. The Competition is supported by the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Executive Committee of Kazan and the Institute for Urban Development of the Republic of Tatarstan Fund. The operator of the competition is the International Urban Laboratory CENTER Lab.
In the last 6 years, the Republic of Tatarstan has held several dozens of open professional competitions. Their finalists and winners have become partners of the Republic for years and received an opportunity to make their projects a reality.
An outstanding example is the system of Kaban lakes. Not only has the competition project been realized It has also received a range of prestige architectural rewards, including the special prize of the American ASLA – International Planning Excellence Awards 2019 in the Grand Award for Urban Design/Kevin Lynch Award nomination.
On September 27, a meeting of the Expert Panel will take place in person in Kazan.
On September 28, a meeting of the Jury will take place. 7 finalists who will be engaged in the development of competition proposals will be determined.
On October 11–12, a seminar for Finalists is planned in Kazan.
In November, an intermediary individual presentation of preliminary results of development made by each finalist will take place in online format. Representatives of executive authorities of the Republic of Tatarstan will attend the presentation.
In December, an intermediary individual presentation of preliminary results of development made by each finalist is planned in online format. Representatives of executive authorities of the Republic of Tatarstan will attend the presentation.
January 13 is the submission deadline.
On January 26, a meeting of the Expert Panel will take place in person in Kazan. On January 27, the Winner will be selected at a meeting of the Jury.
The winner will be the creator of the best proposal as chosen by voting of the competition jury. Based on the results of the meeting of the Jury, the winner and two finalists will receive additional payment equal to following sums:
- The reward for the winner is 2,500,000 rubles
- The reward for 2nd place is 1,500,000 rubles
- The reward for 3rd place is 1,000,000 rubles
The new building of the Galiasgar Kamal Tatarian State Academic Theater is planned to be built between the Hadi Taktash street and the Nizhniy Kaban lake.
“This place feels like home for us all and has already become a part of a tradition. On this new place, we can create a building that will comply with all modern requirements of the organization of theater process and keep the spirit of our national theater, our gem at the same time,” added Minister of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan Irada Ayupova.
The Kamal Theater, the oldest national theater of Russia, was established in 1906.
The current theater building on the shore of the Kaban lake has been in operation since 1985.
Geographically, Kamal Theater is situated in the center, between the historical Russian and Tatar parts of Kazan, and between the hilly city center and the lowland behind Kaban lake. The concept of “center” also applies to the theater in a symbolical way: it’s a place where Russian, Tatar and other folk cultures that coexist in the republic cross, mix and there is mutually beneficial exchange. Architecturally, the theater plays a central role as well. The building resembling a sailing ship on the lake’s shore is a key urban dominant element in the area of the Bolaq channel, Kaban lake and Tatarstan street.
Its uniqueness is provided by the eclecticism of its repertoire, use of miscellaneous theatrical languages and techniques, versatility and flexibility of the acting company of the theater team in general, and varied activity forms, from on-stage performances to education. The theater has always played a role of an educational center, without limiting itself to activities tied to theater and performances alone. The theater has been holding forums that unite people from Turkic-language theaters across the CIS for many years, and is actively collaborating with European theaters.
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