Houses of culture

Renovation project for three Soviet houses of culture

2. Public interiors

9. Reconstruction

Concepts

2018

Third place — Design project and functional reprogramming of the three former Soviet houses of culture located in Moscow Oblast’.

In consortium with Orchestra Design и Pictorica.

The Houses of Culture is a large-scale Soviet-style project to provide the working class with high-quality leisure and career broadening programs. The availability of leisure centers for communities remains relevant, but the needs of residents of all ages have changed and likewise so should The Houses of Culture’s agenda and facilities.

The concept of reconstruction and development, conceived in consortium with specialists in cultural programming and visual communication, involves the functional upgrade of the three houses of culture in the vicinity of Moscow, while taking into account the communities’ needs and how they correspond with architectural update.

Numerous Houses of Culture buildings have been handed down to us, having passed through a series of functional changes and low-quality repairs. The project allows for the preservation of a few historical artifacts as well as the creation of a basic interior of high-quality materials in neutral colors. Against the backdrop of this timeless foundation, temporary elements (furniture and visual communication) will be placed. These features will change with the functional program, throughout the wear and tear of time and the coming and going of trends.

Both the neutral and high-quality interiors blend well with the historical architecture and will remain relevant into the distant future. However, the social purpose and abundant variety of functions require the introduction of additional effects such as painting the ceilings of DK premises in bright contrasting colors. This simple and rather economical embellishment will work as a permeating effect, creating a bright and friendly environment. The public spaces of the recreation center will be filled with transformable furniture (tables, benches, stands) whose configuration can be readily changed.

These principles will be used in all houses of culture, but each DC will have its own characteristics that require an individual reconstructive treatment.

In the Pushkin House of Culture, the main scene receives additional functionality, and due to the replacement of fixed chairs with mobile ones, can be divided into 3 rooms for simultaneous use.

In the recreation center “October” (Elektrostal), the space of the first and second floor is easily adapted for necessary use. On the second floor, the walls are to be replaced with mobile partitions, which form the required studio sizes. And at the rotunda on the rear facade of the House of Culture there is a spiral staircase that leads to a new sky deck.

In the Pravda House of Culture (Pravdinsky village), the open spaces adjacent to the building are integrated by an axis consisting of the Square, the Living Room, the Scene and the Courtyard. The extension to the main facade of the building forms a balcony that can be used as a recreational space and also as a stage for events held on the square.