Vladivostok Cultural Center

Vladivostok, Russia
Design Concept
The museum and theatrical educational complex in the city of Vladivostok in a unique way, like a symphonic composition, unites the leading Russian cultural institutions on one spectacular platform in the eastern part of the Primorsky Territory. The complex is positioning itself in the context of the city of Vladivostok as a new, international cultural gateway to the Far East.

Located on a hill called "Eagle's Nest" overlooking the Golden Horn, with a magnificent view of the Golden Bridge and the Amur Bay, as well as the mountains. Nearby there is a monument to the creators of the Old Slavic Slavic alphabet, Cyril and Methodius. The project uses the landscape features to create a foundation called the Cultural Square, on which the components of the complex's architecture are at the same time autonomous and interconnected: the Tretyakov Gallery, the Hermitage, the Primorsky Museum, the Concert and Chamber Hall of the Mariinsky Theater, the academic building of the Higher School of Music and Theater Arts.

Project Relevance
Accessible by car, public transport or on foot, the complex becomes a place of cultural development and provides an opportunity to enjoy the many cultural objects it contains, enriching the daily life of Vladivostok residents and its guests, not only from Russia and Far East, but also from all over the world.
Cultural Plaza
The Cultural Plaza is conceived as a vital and significant place which works as a "living room" for the city, where guests can visit cultural institutions and experience world-class events.
This Cultural Square houses the School of Theater Arts, the Museum Complex and the restaurant, as well as the Mariinsky Theatre. This is a place with spacious outdoor stages and seating in a landscaped area filled with plants typical of this region of Russia and the famous blooming wild rhododendron.
The State Hermitage and the State Tretyakov Gallery are presented in the complex as separate brands of global significance. The character of each of the brands is reflected both from an architectural point of view and through the use of large visible graphic signs and branding elements. The opportunity to visit a number of world-class sites to study significant collections, as well as the fullness of the complex with samples of regional and local art is the most important aspect taken into account when designing the architecture of museum spaces.
Mariinsky Theatre
Mariinsky Concert Hall can be accessed from the "cultural" lobby, located on one level below, where the Mariinsky Theater's branded outdoor amphitheater/staircase is located, oriented towards a modern media wall for showing video materials that envelops its staircase from three sides. This staircase goes up to the square level, where visitors enter the lobby of the Mariinsky Theater
Escalator takes up visitors from the square level to the atrium volume of the large, elegant Mariinsky Foyer, which is located next to the rooftop terrace above the museum. From this extraordinary space, which also serves as a place to stay during the intermission, visitors can enter the modern 950-seat Mariinsky Concert Hall and the 350-seat Chamber Theater.
School of Theater Arts
The architectural solution of the school actively presents cross-visibility from different points of location within the spaces, since the planning solutions are based on a rounded shape in the plan. The spatial solution, in turn, is made due to geometric shapes stacked on top of each other. An important aspect is the use of materials with different levels of transparency, which create a unique play of light and shadow, which is used as a tool for the formation of visual images of the school interiors. After all, the key concept of the school's architecture is to create the image of a "theatrical backstage".
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