The hotly anticipated new Garage Museum of Contemporary Art by Rem Koolhaas's firm OMA opens today in Moscow. If early glimpses are any indication, it seems it may live up to the expectations. OMA's scheme for the museum's new home—an effort led by Russian art-scene fixture Dasha Zhukova—restores a derelict 1960s concrete structure that once housed a popular restaurant, Vrenema Goda, in the city's Gorky Park. In true OMA fashion, the resulting building is a bit of an enigma, clad in heavy, reflective polycarbonate panels. And, nodding to the institution's name, OMA created an entrance that is a garage door writ large, lifting open to allow in art-thristy Muscovites and, undoubtedly, the horde of tourists that will make pilgrimages there.
Rem Koolhaas (far right) with members of the Garage MCA team. Photo courtesy of OMA via Designboom
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