- PROGRAM: Cinema Complex, Public Green Roof, Retail
- CLIENT: Pushkinsky Theater
- PARTNER IN CHARGE: Alessandro Orsini
- PROJECT ARCHITECT: Ronald Dapsis
- TEAM: David Lee
- CONSULTANTS: DuPont™ Corian®
The new created façade aims to preserve the original interior shape and space of the Pushkinsky Theater with its important presence in the Moscow urban fabric. At the same time aims to create a new public plaza in the space between the old restored façade and the new one. The material we used is a sandwich of 3 DuPont™ Corian® sheets divided in basic panels 30″X102″ and perforated with 7″ diameter holes. The new shape takes its form from a big box deforming and opening up in correspondence of the principal entry, the existing egress and the new added external circulation to reach the rooftop. Corian® is a hard and durable material but we treated it like it is a very soft veil that covers and protects the original structure. Furthermore the perforation of the new façade at night is lit with a series of computerized LEDs that transform the surface into a giant screen creating pattern that will make the façade resembles a moving curtain. The new public space will serve as an urban catalyst within the city. In fact the theatre can be used just to go and experience the new protected winter garden or take the external vertical circulation to go on the observatory deck on the roof of the building. In this way the commercial spaces will be regenerated and the interior and exterior plaza will become a point of attraction not only in the good season but even during the winter sunny days taking advantage of the new protected public space created utilizing the original podium of the Pushkinsky Theater.