Grant Programme for Internationalization
Identity in Typical
Daria Naugolnova, Alexey Boev
Architects Alexey Boev and Daria Naugolnova are examining alternatives for the disappearance of the function of the many cultural palaces that were built during the Soviet era as a social-cultural facility for the neighbourhood. The team found that the palaces still in use today are only suitable for children and senior citizens. By adding new functions such as co-working spaces, studio space and space for educational programmes, the team sees an opportunity to reach out to a wider target group, to stimulate participation in culture and education, and to develop an economically viable model for these buildings.
In the start-up phase, the team investigated the history, potential and challenges posed by these palaces. The follow-up phase consists of developing a book and website, an exhibition and a prototype design. The book will show photographs of 140 different cultural palaces, complemented with study results and interviews with local residents. The team will also present the result in the form of an exhibition in the Moscow Design Museum or at the Union of Architects of Russia. Finally, the team will create a prototype design for the palace in Voronezh. Other partners in the project are various local youth centres, the Voronezh State Technical University, the culture department of the City of Voronezh and the Ural State University of Architecture and Art.