The New Kremlin Museum Nestles a Contemporary Design Within a Historic Monument

The new Kremlin Museum is located within the UNESCO-protected museum ensemble in Red Square. It houses a modern structure within the large courtyard of a 19th century building. The project was designed by Moscow-based NOWADAYS and Meganom. It will house the huge Armory collection. Only 30% of it is currently open to the public due to the Kremlin walls. The new extension and the refurbishment of the Middle Trading Rows building will create a rich museum experience.

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The design is located near important Moscow landmarks such as the Red Square or the new Zaryadye Park designed by Diller Scofidio+ Renfro. It aims to strengthen the connection with the urban context and opens up the old building towards city life. The development will not alter the Red Square’s original composition because the new building is hidden behind the facade from the 19th century. The new structure will be visible from the interior courtyard windows. Enclosed passageways connect the two parts.

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Through contrasting architectures, the project creates an exhibition narrative by using the series of spaces. The new building’s single exhibition space is complemented by the Middle Trading Rows building with its series of vaulted halls. It has a neutral exterior with large windows and a stone façade. This project was announced for the first time in 2016. It is expected to be completed by 2024.

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