For his first project in Russia, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano transformed a 1907 power plant on an island in the Moskva River into a five-acre cultural campus for contemporary art focused on VAC Foundation. (Started by Russian natural gas mogul Leonid Mikhelson and Italian-born art impresario Teresa Mavica, the organization has had exhibition space in Venice since 2017.) other machines – contain a plethora of rooms flexible exhibition and performance, as well as a library, boutique, restaurant, classrooms, workshops and spaces for artist residencies. By replacing several ceilings with glass and replacing the small pane windows with large flat glass panels, Piano flooded the plant with natural light. In classic piano style, the redesign celebrates the building’s original industrial elements – roof trusses, ducts, columns and exposed beams – as well as its connection to the city and the natural world: on one side, the campus overlooks a wide embankment stepped up to the river; on the other, a birch grove.
Park Union Bridge
With a design meant to evoke the speed, skill and style of athletes of all stripes, the new Park Union Bridge connects the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum complex in downtown Colorado Springs to America the Beautiful Park, spanning some 250 feet above an active rail yard. New York firm architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, including Benjamin Gilmartin who led the project, created a diagram centered on two interlocking steel loops that appear to run over the railroad tracks – a technical as well as an aesthetic feat: the structure acts simultaneously as an arch and a farm. The architects, who previously built the adjacent museum, designed the bridge to be mostly prefabricated off-site and then installed in around eight hours. Today, it welcomes walkers and cyclists, framing views of the trains below, the town’s downtown area to the east and Pikes Peak to the west.