- Location Russia, Moscow, VDNH
- Client «Rosatom»
- Area 6900 sqm
- Pavilion area 15000 sqm
- ATRIUM architects Vera Butko, Anton Nadtochiy, Peter Alimov, Daniel Gavrish, Nikolay Filatov
- TOTEMENT/PAPER architects Levon Ayrapetov, Valeriya Preobrazhenskaya, Egor Legkov, Olga Fomina
- Competition 2015
Under the terms of the competition held by "Rosatom", the Pavilion of Atomic Energy was supposed to be built on the former site of the Pavilion number 19 on the territory of VDNH - between pavilions "Belarus" and "Natural Gas Industry", in close proximity to such popular destinations as the pavilion "Space", Fountain "Stone Flower" and a branch of the Polytechnic Museum. The new pavilion was to be not just the actual exhibition space, demonstrating innovations and achievements of modern nuclear industry, not just a repository of artefacts and documents, but a communication platform for "Rosatom" to conduct an ongoing dialogue with the audience.
In response to this challenge architects suggested a iconic building, based on the plan formed by the oldest and simplest shapes - a Circle and a Square. Horizontal space is twisted vertical, top-down organizing around a square courtyard, a dynamic internal shape of the pavilion. When approaching the building, it welcomes visitors inside, "tilting" east corner up: here arranged completely glass structure 12 meters high - one of the most memorable features of the pavilion - allows you to see what is happening inside. The man seemed to be already in the building - in an "energy tunnel", leading him to the door.
Another "highlight" of the pavilion is a Bowl. It symbolizes both the micro- and macrosubstance - Earth and Atom. Its static shape the Bowl compensates by the internal content (Atom Hall and NeuroMatrix Hall) and interactivity of the outer shell, which is to become a huge event-screen TV. The entire mass of the pavilion as if set in motion, designed to give the visitor a sense of powerful energy action, where each part is connected with the other into a coherent whole.
Maximum transparency of the building symbolizes the openness of the industry, which is especially valuable for the customer in this project. Open space of the upper level are given to temporary exhibitions and a reading room. Nearby panoramic cinema, lecture auditorium, creative laboratories and scientific library. The first level accommodates the entrance area, a gift shop, children's center, a food court, as well as an office block in the southern part of the pavilion. At the lower levels along the exterior walls is parking, technical rooms and the main exhibition halls and pavilions with balconies and viewing platforms. Inside they form the atrium space, illuminating the courtyard-area - it is proposed to host the largest exhibitions