The Museum and Exhibition complex at Obukhovsky plant was planned to be built as an extension of the existing museum founded in the late 19th century. The grand opening of the Complex was coincided with the plant’s 155th anniversary.
In its general layout, the Complex is a U-shape building consisting of an exhibition hall, a scale model gallery and a rebuilt 19th century-style forging shop.
The two ‘limbs’ of the building – the exhibition hall and the forging shop – are made of red bricks with an inclined metal seam roofing. These premises are connected via a central gallery that utilises glass and metal structures in its design.
Brick architecture vibes (window proportions, roofing slopes, archways, decor items) tie in with the surrounding historical buildings of the plant. The museum complex carefully introduces contemporary architecture elements, while staying true to the core architectural style.
The main entrance is in the exhibition hall. Stepping inside, we find ourselves in a spacious hall designed for changing exhibits. Next we enter a glass-enclosed gallery that houses a scale model of Obukhovsky plant. The model was meticulously crafted by the famous “Grand Maket Rossiya” workshop. This particular hall, like none other, requires sufficient illumination and space, and glass structures provide plenty.
The interior design of the third and the final premise of the complex, the forging shop, deserves particular attention. Here amidst various instruments of the past, the anvil, the bellows and the forge, we immerse into the atmosphere of a true blacksmith shop as seen by the contemporaries of Pavel Obukhov – the founder of the plant and a brilliant Russian scientist.
The designers strived for creating a modern building that would blend in the inimitable style of Petersburg industrial architecture of the 19th century. The plant’s executives hold the final design in high regard, and it was also commended by several expert architects.
Material Used :
1. Wienerberger - Brick Facade Cladding - Terca Portsmouth
2. ALUTECH - Mullion-transom curtain wall system - ALT F50
3. BAUT – Fixing systems for brick facades - Brackets, Hooks for the brick lintels
4. URSA - Extruded polystyrene – XPS
5. ROCKWOOL – Insulation - Cavity Batts, Roof Batts
6. GALEN – Composite Armature - Wall ties, Composite masonry mesh ROCKMESH
7. SITA Bauelemente GmbH - Drain System - Sita Easy
8. ROCKFON – Ceiling - Blanka