December 25, 2015 The official results of the International open contest on development of architectural concept of the atomic energy pavilion on VDNH are summarized.

On the final session six finalists presented their architectural concepts to the Jury. Moscow architectural design office LLC «UNK Project» got the maximum points from the Jury members and was chosen as the winner of the Contest.

The State Corporation congratulates the winner of the contest!

The project fits well into the VDNH Main alley and at the same time it has a modern architecture and a high engineering and exhibition potential.

The autors tried to get away from the literal associations with atom and atomic energy. The pavilion space should be innovative, break down the stereotypes and be open to the world around. It is not the monument to the historical model of the atom, but an interesting, inspiring creative space.

Information letter

Due to the changes in VDNH authorities the following changes are introduced into the Jury committee:

Information letter

Due to the refusal received from LLC "Speech" to further participate in the Contest and in accordance with the article 13.4 of the Section II Contest Documentation and the Protocol of Jury voting, PJSC "Mosproject", which took seventh place according to the Jury voting, is included into the list of the finalists of the Contest first stage. The list of the finalists is corrected accordingly as of June 01, 2015

The Contest first stage results

We’ve approached to the end of the first stage of the International Open Contest on Developing an Architectural Concept for the Atomic Energy Pavilion on the territory of the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy.

March 16, 2015 the first Jury session took place and 6 finalists were selected by the Jury:

They will develop the detailed architectural concept of the Pavilion on the second stage of the Contest.

Total amount of Applications for participation submitted — 118.
49 Contest applications including portfolio and sketch concepts received during the first stage. 21 Participants formed Consortiums either between Russian companies or Russian companies participated together with their partners from USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Ireland, UK, Holland and Russia.

Many participants worked out not only the outlook and facade of the building, but also the construction details, materials, which proves the seriousness of approach and importance of the task.

ROSATOM expresses sincere appreciation to all the Participants and looking forward to the next stage of the contest.

About the Pavilion

Over a long period of time, the nuclear sector was wrapped in a shroud of mystery. Now it is time to show to the society the objective history of the native nuclear industry, present it as a safe, high-technology sphere making a considerable contribution into modern economic development of our country, as well as to provide the general public with accessible information on the accomplishments and the modern period of the industry history. The course on the openness and informing the public are strategically very important for the State Corporation ROSATOM, and they should be maximally reflected in the Atomic Energy Pavilion at VDNH. The Pavilion shall not just become an up-to-date exhibition area demonstrating innovations and achievements of the modern nuclear industry, not just a depository of artifacts and documents, but also a communication forum where ROSATOM could have a continuous dialogue with its audiences.

«We would like to make the Pavilion equally interesting to people of different ages and occupations, so that it strikes one’s imagination not only with the informativity of exhibitions, understanding of technologies, but also becomes a trendy forum for sharing opinions and involves people into discussions on the scientific and technical issues.» (CEO ROSATOM Sergey Kirienko).

The Atomic Energy Pavilion shall be constructed on the territory of the Exhibition of achievements of national economy (JSC «VDNH») in Moscow.

The area of the construction site is 6,900 sq.m. The site has a shape of a square.

The Pavilion shall have several levels (floors), including the underground one, and the gross area of 15,000 sq.m.

About the contest

The International architectural contest for the development of an architectural concept of the Atomic Energy Pavilion on the VDNH territory shall be conducted in two stages:

First Stage is to be conducted in the format of an international open architectural contest for the development of a Sketch Concept for the Atomic Energy Pavilion on the territory of the Exhibition of achievements of national economy. Based on the First Stage results, the Jury will select six Finalists. To participate in Stage 1, we shall accept all the Applicants that conform to the Prequalification Requirements and have submitted their portfolios and other deliverables in accordance with the Section II of the Contest Documentation.

Second Stage includes:

Prequalification Requirements
Participation in the contest is eligible for the professional Russian and foreign companies being registered for the minimum of 5 years, involved with architectural design as their major activity, experienced in the development of design documentation and implementation of the construction of public buildings, museum and exhibition complexes, cultural or educational facilities of the gross area of no less than 10,000 sq.m. that have been authorized to conduct works on the development of the design documentation on the territory of the Russian Federation.

If a foreign company does not have special permission to carry out architectural and design activities on the territory of the Russian Federation, it has to enter a partnership with a Russian partner possessing such permission.

The full list of requirements can be found in the Contest Documentation that shall be sent to each Applicant in reply to their applications.

Contest Timeline

Stage One: International open architectural contest for the development of the Sketch Concept for the Atomic Energy Pavilion.
22 December, 2014 — AThe start date of Application form submission. The dispatch of Documentation kit within the 24 hours upon receiving the Application form.
06 March, 2015 4 pm Moscow time — The deadline of Contest applications submission (portfolio, documents, Sketch concept).
16 March, 2015 (1 day) — The Jury session. Selection of 6 Finalists.

Stage two: Architectural concept development.
16 March - 05 June, 2015 — Working out documentation, finilizing technical task, signing documents with the Finalists.
08 June, 2015 — Introductory Workshop, visiting the construction plot.
09 June - 07 August, 2015 — Works on Architectural concept development.
07 August, 2015 — Architectrual concepts submission.
10 August - 04 September, 2015 — Technical Review by Technical Expert Board.
09 - 18 September, 2015 (2 days) — The Jury and the Customer’s Expert Board session. The selection of Winning concept.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for the Portfolio Evaluation Criteria for the Sketch Concept evaluation: Criteria of the Architectural Concept evaluation:


The Jury unites representatives of the Competition Customer (GC “Rosatom”), administration of the city of Moscow, VDNH, acknowledged international and Russian architects, museum experts. The list of the Jury:

Sergei V. Kirienko — Chief Executive Officer, ROSATOM, Co-chair of Jury N 1
Sergei O. Kuznetsov — Chief Architect of Moscow, Co-chair of Jury N 2
Massimiliano Fuksas (Italy) — Architect, President of Studio Fuksas
Rem Koolhaas (Netherlands)  — Architect, founder of OMA studio
Sergei G. Novikov — Director of Communications Department, ROSATOM
Vladimir I. Pogrebenko — CEO of VDNH (first Jury session)
Ekaterina V. Pronicheva — CEO of VDNH (second Jury session)
Alexandr A. Tsibaikin — Chief Architect of VDNH (first Jury session)
Olga V. Ryzhko - architect, specialist in cultural heritage objects (second Jury session)
Dr. Michael Henker (Germany) — President ICOM Germany
Anton Y. Belov — Director of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Dmitry A. Likin — Art Director, Chanel One Russia
Andrei L. Gnezdilov — Chief Architect of Genplan Institute of Moscow
Ekaterina O. Larionova — Head of Chair of Regional Development, SPP RANEPA
Mihail B. Starostin — Das Werk, autor of the communication concept of the pavilion


The history of the Russian nuclear industry started with implementation of the Soviet «nuclear project.» The nuclear project of the USSR was planned in the difficult war years and implemented over a very short period. Thanks to this project, the modern nuclear industry was established in our country.

The Russian nuclear industry is one of the flagships of the country‘s scientific-technical potential and one of the most advanced and globally competitive sectors of the domestic economy. R&D advances in reactor engineering, nuclear fuel, processing technologies, experience in experience in Nuclear Power Plants, as well as NPP’s staff qualification are certainly the national asset of the Russian Federation. Today the Russian nuclear industry is a powerful complex comprising more than 350 enterprises and organizаtions employing over 255 000 people.

The industry’s structure consists of the four large research and manufacturing сomplexes: nuclear fuel cycle enterprises, nuclear power generation, nuclear weapons complex and research institutes and the most powerful nuclear icebreaker fleet in the world.

The State Corporation ROSATOM is one of the leaders in the world nuclear industry. It holds the 2nd place in the world by the uranium reserves, the 5th place by the output, the 4th place by the nuclear energy production. It controls 40% of the world market of uranium enrichment and 17% of the nuclear fuel market.

Project Customer:
State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM

Project Organizer:
Private institution «Historical and Cultural Center» of the State Corporation ROSATOM

Russia, 119017, Moscow, ul. Bolshaya Ordynka, d. 24, office 121
Tel.: +7 (925) 809-02-05

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