Garage announces the finalists of the competition for the development of the architectural concept for Garage Screen summer cinema 2022


3 Aug 2021

Photo: Mark Seryy

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is running its third competition for the development of the architectural concept for Garage Screen summer cinema. The new pavilion, due to be erected on Garage Square in the spring of 2022, is set to become a venue for some of the finest examples of Russian and international cinema, including premieres, experimental films, and classics.

This year, the participants in the competition were expected to broaden the creative makeup of their teams by inviting artists to join working groups. The geography also expanded: the competition was open to applicants from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Russia. Garage received a total of 118 applications for the competition, from which six finalists were selected:

  • Consortium BORUS ARCHITECTURE + Basko Bo Far (Krasnoyarsk)
  • ludi_architects (St. Petersburg)
  • KASARCHITECTS creative collective (Rostov-on-Don/Sukhum)
  • AB 15 41 (Moscow)
  • GORA architecture bureau (Nizhny Novgorod)

The jury comprised Garage director Anton Belov, director of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design and Strelka KB partner Varvara Melnikova, head of maintenance and construction at Garage Dmitry Konyakhin, Garage Screen curator Evgeny Gusyatinsky, snkh architects and authors of Garage Screen summer cinema 2020 Arpi Saroyan and Anahit Vardanyan, head of Animation and Illustration at HSE, creator of graphic art and music videos Alexey Ryumin, and architectural historian and head of the project Moscow through the Eyes of an Engineer Ayrat Bagautdinov.

Anton Belov, director of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

«The level of applications has improved significantly this year, with architects putting in a lot of effort to present their ideas properly. We have seen a variety of striking projects that reflect current architectural trends and pay as much attention to the materials, their properties and styles, as to conceptual design.»

Fifteen applications that did not make it onto the shortlist were nevertheless highly rated by the jury for their original ideas and creativity. These presentations are available on the competition website

Varvara Melnikova, director of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design and Strelka KB partner

«Every year I look forward to this competition, which allows architectural firms not only to develop original concepts but also to see their designs implemented by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. As a member of the jury, I would like to thank each of the contestants.»