Reconstruction of the Main Manor House
The most common practice of restoration of the former noble estates in Russia is either to turn it into a private estate or to create a country hotel. We suggested creating a multifunctional art center based on the estate. The concept is unique because it does not preserve the estate as a historical museum but gives it a new life with respect for its history.
The Japanese are famous for their ability to treat tradition and antiquity so that they seamlessly blend into the modern context. The ensemble of buildings was intended to combine two different styles of construction, so Russian and Japanese architects worked on the design of the estate. The Russian expert was required to develop an architectural solution for the historical part to preserve the elements of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Japanese architect worked on the exterior of the adjacent building, that was created later.
Thus, it was necessary to preserve the original forms of the object and at the same time (considering that the main purpose of the adjacent building is to be an exhibition space) to give it a modern look which would both contrast and be in harmony with the main building.
To achieve this goal, it was decided to “hide” the new building under a mirrored façade. If we look at the main building and the new one from the park, the surrounding trees, reflecting in the mirrored facade of the adjacent building will successfully hide it, creating the illusion that only the main building exists.
By making some of the mirrors on the facade of the new building movable, it will be possible to open them, achieving a unified space with the park during the events.