last year the garage center for contemporary culture relocated to the lush setting of gorkiy park, a popular hangout of moscow urbanites. in a previous post we talked about how the art institute embraced its new location by setting up a satellite outdoor venue. this year it makes its presence felt with a sleek new summer pavilion designed by a team of young russian architects. earlier this year vasiliy bantsekiy, sergey nebotov, olga lebedeva, ilya ternovenko and maksim khazanov won a new competition that was instigated by the garage center for contemporary culture in support of emerging russian designers and artists.
the architects have come up with a conceptual design that features nine gigantic mushroom-shaped awnings placed on an expansive wooden platform which is shaped after their combined contours. compatibility with the park's semi-natural surroundings was the key objective in the design, in addition to providing a multifunctional space. and multifunctional it is, as yoga classes are regularly held here, free wifi access pulls surfing muscovites, concerts, table tennis tournaments and a slew of other activities [open through aug 31]. location: gorkiy park, ulitsa krimskiy val 9, next to pionerskiy pond [yakimanka].