The project of reconstruction of the monument of modernism was presented in Tashkent
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- The Art and Culture Development Foundation has presented a project for the reconstruction of a monument of modernism in Tashkent, developed by the co-founders of the Grace architectural bureau Yekaterina Golovatyuk and Giacomo Cantoni.
The presentation was attended by Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Aziz Abdukhakimov, Ambassador of France to Uzbekistan Isabelle Servoz-Galucci, Director of the Center for Islamic Civilization Shoazim Minovarov, Director of the French Alliance in Tashkent Dilshod Akhmedov and Executive Director of the Foundation for the Development of Culture and Art Gayane Umerova.
Project architects Ekaterina Golovatyuk and Giacomo Cantoni presented a model of the building of the former Cultural and Information Center "Intourist", the concept and principles of reconstruction, and also conducted a tour for the guests of the event.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Aziz Abdukhakimov said:
“The decision to place these organizations side by side was made on the basis of plans to hold international exhibitions in the coming years, including the exhibition “Splendor of Central Asia. On the caravan routes of Uzbekistan” at the Louvre Museum in 2022, when more than 300 exhibits from various collections of Uzbekistan will be presented in Paris. Also, a memorandum was signed with the National Center for Restoration in France, experts who advise the Foundation on the creation of a Center for Restoration in Uzbekistan.”
After reconstruction, it will house two new cultural institutions at once - the French Cultural Center and the Center for the Restoration of Cultural Heritage Objects. Both institutions were established at the initiative of the Foundation for the Development of Culture and Arts, whose office will also be located in this building. In addition, the renovated building, the project of which was approved by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, will house the National Commission for UNESCO in Uzbekistan.
Scientific and research work will be carried out in this building - which will involve not only restorers, but also ethnographers, historians and art critics. This whole process will take place in an open mode - it will be possible to observe the restoration work, and, if desired, to learn this profession. In the same building there will be a modern cinema and an open-air cafe, where everyone will be able to enter.
The design project of the building was created by the founders of the Grace bureau, Ekaterina Golovatyuk and Giacomo Cantoni. The portfolio of architects includes a project for the reconstruction of the State Hermitage (St. Petersburg) and the reconstruction of the Garage Museum in Moscow under the direction of Rem Koolhaas (OMA). According to the architect, one of the main tasks of the project in Tashkent is to preserve to the maximum all the most valuable that has been preserved in this building. Particular attention in the project is paid to the facade of the building.
Co-founder of the Grace architectural bureau Ekaterina Golovatyuk noted:
“In the case of the building in Tashkent, we are trying to preserve what is possible and what makes sense to preserve. For example, we will restore the former public spaces of the center - the way they remained in the collective memory of the townspeople. We have placed there those programs that are similar to the original ones and require similar premises. That is, the former foyer, cafe and monumental staircase will be used in about the same way - with the same openness and similar decoration. The former cinema hall will be modernized inside and adapted to new needs, but the outside will be completely preserved.
In the U-shaped block, which was used as offices and was not accessible to visitors, we housed the French Center, offices and a restoration laboratory. In the wing where the laboratory will be located, we allowed ourselves to make more serious interventions. In the Soviet era, they were built very economically and according to other standards, therefore, this part of the building has very low ceilings, there are deaf or too narrow rooms. From our point of view, it is impossible to qualitatively adapt these spaces to modern requirements, especially to the requirements of a laboratory. Accordingly, in order to fit the new restoration laboratory with its stringent spatial requirements, we have to replace part of the structures and designed this part as an obviously new modern and very transparent architecture. "