An all-star roster of avant garde international architects, mixed with some of Russia’s top talent, was announced last week in the first-round results of a competition to design a major new art museum in Perm, Russia. Among the 25 names on the shortlist are Asymptote, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Eric Owen Moss, Hans Hollein, Odile Decq, and Zaha Hadid. The competition is unprecedented in Russia for its scope and ambition, attracting 320 firms from 50 countries.
Perm is a major industrial center near the Urals, on the eastern edge of European Russia. The city’s art gallery features one of the better and most diverse provincial collections in the country, but it is located in a 19th-century cathedral that will soon be returned to church authorities. The competition calls for a new riverfront complex containing 215,278 square feet of galleries, children’s museum, lecture halls, library, and tourist center.