Y.A.C. — Yaroslavl Art Centre

Y.A.C. — Yaroslavl Art Centre / SAN SAN — architects : Lars van Es, Remco Siebring / Netherlands, Amsterdam

Y.A.C. — Yaroslavl Art Centre / SAN SAN - architects : Lars van Es, Remco Siebring

The basic idea, concept of the project:

Yaroslavl Art Centre: Y.A.C. (concept)

The design for the Yaroslavl Arts Centre provides accommodation for both cultural performing spaces, the Museum of Lore and History as for the Yaroslavl Museum of Modern Art. Public spaces as a café, a workshop area for kids, an art library and a museum shop furthermore intensifies the relationship between city, her inhabitants and the Art Centre.

The Yaroslavl Art Centre is shaped by a landscape, perforated by six vertical volumes with voids.

By placing cultural performing spaces in the landscape a lively relationship has been created between visitors and performers.

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The landscape separates the cultural performance spaces, a theatre and a café (placed in the vertical volumes) from the Museum of Lore and History situated in the area below the landscape.

The various volumes of the Museum of Lore and History are surrounded by the Yaroslavl Museum of Modern Art.

The atmosphere of the area of the Museum of Modern Art is defined by the intensely changing landscape of the roof, whereby different extraordinary experiences and transitions are formed.

The museum landscape is furthermore defined by six green voids with trees. The voids create a direct relationship between the museum and the landscape above and her visitors.

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Short description:  

Yaroslavl Art Centre: Y.A.C.

The design for the Yaroslavl Arts Centre provides accommodation for both cultural performing spaces, the Museum of Lore and History as for the Yaroslavl Museum of Modern Art.The landscape and program for the Art Centre is designed as such that it will form an important cultural heart throughout the year for the city of Yaroslavl and her inhabitants. 

The site for the Art Centre is transformed into a landscape in which six volumes with voids are placed. The six volumes on the upper part of the landscape consist of cultural performing spaces, a theatre, a café and the entrance for the museums situated below the landscape.The cultural performing spaces can be used as well for festivals and local markets. The intensely changing landscape creates different extraordinary spatial experiences. Together with the performing spaces a lively relationship between visitors and performers arises.

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The museums, situated below, are defined by the landscape as roof and the six vertical volumes. They consist of the regular collection of the Museum of Lore and History and the changing collection of the Yaroslavl Museum of Modern Art.The Museum of Lore and History is placed in five of the six vertical volumes. In the landscape surrounding the volumes temporal exhibitions for the Museum of Modern Art can be freely arranged. The atmosphere of the area of the Museum of Modern Art is defined by the intensely changing landscape of the roof, whereby different extraordinary experiences and transitions are formed. This horizontal landscape defines furthermore the areas for an art library, a museum shop, a workshop area for kids and the office for administration.The six voids with trees serve as green outdoor courts within the museum larea and are creating a direct relation between the museum and the landscape above.

At the area of the existing lowered street on the southern part of the site the ‘roof’ of the museum is tilted providing a free view through the museum. The elevated side serves as well for vertical transportation of art in and out of the museum.

Technical features of the object: 

New use of prestressed concrete for the landscape shell. This makes a new type of museum possible.


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