- SuperSurfaceSpace in Moscow
Lev Tolstogo, the street named after Tolstoy, is really close to the Park Kultury metro station in the centre of Moscow: the new “SuperSurfaceSpace Iris Gallery for Contemporary Design” location for architecture, design and high-end materials of the Iris group is therefore in a prime position.
The former brick industrial building hosting the gallery was recently refurbished and to the rear it is home to Yandex – Russia’s answer to Google.
Faithful to the concept of the Iris group, Andrea Boschetti founding partner of the architecture firm, metrogramma, has created a space that goes beyond the surface, both in terms of material and idea. When you come into the ground floor off the street, you go through a small entrance then into a 25 x 8 metre room: it’s a black box, brightened up only by the red used for the curtains on the windows and to cover the wall fitted with display cases.
The reference to the theatre becomes even more evident when you realise the actual core of the project. A real stage prop hiding three cut-out pieces made from Iris technical marble in the ceiling, which can drop down and be fixed at different heights (video) for a range of purposes, as a counter during vernissages, as worktables, as a display bench or even as a catwalk for a fashion show.
The mirrors at each of the room’s narrow ends extend spatial perception, creating a really exciting backdrop.
If you can’t get to the opening ceremony of SuperSurfaceSpace on 19 February, you can always see the images taken by Portuguese photographer, Ricardo Oliveira Alves, whose attentive eye has perfectly recreated the feel of the space and all its shades.
The curator for the 2015 programme is Olga Aleksanova, founder of the Buromoscow, architecture studio, and she’s promising cross-disciplinary events to make the absolute most of SuperSurfaceSpace, new cultural and interior design gem in Moscow.
Location: Moscow, Russia
Photography: Ricardo Oliveira Alves
Curator: Olga Aleksanova, buromoscow