Museums Russian Federation

Hermitage branch continues to take shape

Rem Koolhaas's designs for open store and conservation centre approved, construction to be completed in 2018

Russia’s ministry of culture has approved a design by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’s OMA-AMO firm for the third stage of the State Hermitage Museum’s open store and conservation centre on the outskirts of St Petersburg.

Mikhail Piotrovsky, the general director of the museum, called the centre “our answer to the question of how much of our collection is on display and what percentage is in storage and in basements”. Currently known by the name of its location, Staraya Derevnya, it is due to become the New Hermitage.

Piotrovsky has said that the next phase of the project, which includes the construction of two buildings, is due to be completed in 2018. It will be paid for from the government’s latest Rb7.4bn ($233m) allocation to the museum. The satellite will also house the Hermitage’s library, costume museum and publishing operation.

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