Team: Popov Peter, Bush Polina, Alexei Fatkin, Zezyukina Sveta, Protopopova Elena, Galkin Gleb
Prize: Diploma for the wide-scale coverage of the creative heritage of Konstantin Melnikov
It is difficult to attribute Konstantin Melnikov's work to a certain style of architecture. Often, it is characterized by constructivist or functionalist architects. But Melnikov himself considered himself out of fashion and renounced belonging to these currents. At the end of his life, he treated Soviet constructivism and his own "baroque" constructions.
In all his life, he has made 27 architectural projects.
Nowadays, there are 16 of his works.
The masterpiece of the world-famous Russian avant-garde was created by Konstantin Melnikov in 1927-29.
The house is located in Krivoarbatski Street.
According to the wishes of the architect's son, Viktor Melnikov, the house will be transformed into a museum under certain conditions:
To establish a national museum in memory of father and son Melnikov;
The interior of the workshop must remain intact;
Visits are made in small groups without jeopardizing the preservation of the historic monument in view of its uniqueness;
An outbuilding near the Melnikov House has to be arranged to store and exhibit the works.
Architectural projects, paintings, drawings, notebooks by Konstantin Melnikov.
Painting, drawings, notebooks of his son, Viktor.
Currently, the architect's little daughter lives in the house, she is also the executor.
It is impossible to arrange the museum in the House when engineering facilities could damage it. That is why we decide to outsource all the functions of the museum (administration, conservation, etc.). Given the modest size of the land, we propose to create a sort of "palissade house", a rather tight dependency that will surround the House symmetrically. In our opinion, addiction should not "complement" the aesthetics of the House. On the contrary, it should represent the "counterexample" of exterior buildings. In order to contrast with the House, the dependency will have the uniform brick finish. This complex interaction is a reflection of the ethics of the avant-gardes. The new volume is not only functional but also a computer and time "portal".
From the street, we return to the museum, in the world of the Master, in his life and in his time. But not immediately in his house.
Passing along the palisade, descending a slope, we enter a space with a bay window that overlooks the House. Since the window is placed below the House, it becomes a monument, a grandiose sculpture symbolizing a new city as much as a new life.
Along the bay window are the drawings and plans of the House made by Melnikov.
In this space is also the reception where you can buy the entrance tickets, register for a visit.
Later, an exhibition window showing the drawings made by the Master and his son. Let's get to know their works.
Behind the showcase is the conference room and the coworking area.
On one side is a conservation room, on the other side - the toilet.
Looking at the works, we can still observe the Master's house, approaching it.
At the exit, we have the choice: either go to visit the museum, or go up to the terrace from which one can observe the house from the height of a cat sitting on the roof. The terrace can also serve as a meeting place or creative solitude.
THE MASTER'S HOUSE
After getting to know the heritage left by father and son Melnikov, at last we are there. Come in as friends, gently, we remove the coats at the entrance and put on slippers. We are invited to have a tea in the kitchen. We can imagine a Sunday meal in the old-fashioned dining room, amaze in front of the children's desks and go upstairs to finally know where they are sleeping.
At the end of the visit, you go up to the second floor to see the workshop of Konstantin, a large space very bright.
We designed our project taking into account the number of visitors limited to 5-6 people. Our project allows to create varied scenarios and to divide the larger groups. We also propose to organize personal exhibitions, chamber music evenings, artistic actions, literary evenings, etc.