Concept of Nuclear Power Pavilion at VDNKh

Concept of Nuclear Power Pavilion at VDNKh

In 2015, IND architects studio took part in the contest for creating a Nuclear Power Pavilion at VDNKh as part of a consortium with FR-EE, an American architectural studio. We created a vibrant and eye-catching concept that qualified for the finale of the contest. In total, six architect bureaus and consortiums were shortlisted for the final out of 49 submitted projects.

The concept of the pavilion, which we called the Reactor, is based on a particle that forms the basis of everything in the world, including nuclear power— an atom. Similar to an atomic nucleus, a building rests on a sphere, which is the center of a busy program. A vast roof with large extensions sweeps into the park and invites visitors in. A transparent and flexible space encourages engagement and interaction—the pavilion offers a panoramic view of VDNKh, as the walls are transparent and there are no columns.

Павильон Атомной Энергии на территории ВДНХ 2015 г., шорт-лист
Россия, Москва
18,200 m2

Under the dome, visitors of the Atomariy (the core of the building) will get incredible and unique experience. The illusion of collective generation of energy is embodied here—every visitor starts his or her own circle that tends to other circles, and this creates a breathtaking effect.

The concept of the pavilion from FR-EE and IND architects shapes an image of Russia’s nuclear industry as a contemporary and innovative system, builds up the reputation of the sector and promotes the spread of knowledge across the country’s population. The concept stirs visual interest that changes into quality interest due to carefully considered contents of the pavilion, thus strengthening Russia’s scientific fund.

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Project team
  • IND architects
  • FR-EE