Project Specifications

  • Project Name: Garage Screen 2022 Summer Cinema
  • Project Architect: LIPMAN Architects
  • Project Location: Moscow, Russia

Garage Museum’s 2022 Summer Cinema competition has been aced by LIPMAN Architects- a Moscow-based architectural firm. The 2022 Summer Cinema proposed by the studio was constructed in Garage Square in the Spring 2022.

This was the third edition of an open competition seeking the development on an architectural idea for the Garage Museum’s 2022 Summer Cinema. The main aim of organizing this is to enable the development of an architect’s or artist’s concept into temporary structures erected on Garage Square.

The competition offers a golden opportunity for the budding architects to come up with bold designs and practically construct them. It serves the winning firm with great experience and confidence.

The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is a platform to bring together people, artworks, and ideas that may eventually contribute to the making of history. The museum is the first charitable organization situated in Russia to ideate and develop a complete public mandate rule for artwork, founded in 2008 by Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova. 

The Museum’s broad program of exhibits, events, teaching, research, and publication reflects contemporary trends in Russian and world culture, providing possibilities for debate as well as the emergence of quality art and ideas.

Garage Museum’s 2022 Summer Cinema by LIPMAN Architects, chosen the best from 118 entries, features white colour gabion mesh. The 2022 summer cinema’s walls was serve as a load-bearing structure with metallic mesh on both sides, with plastic bottles filling the gap between them.

Garage Museum's 2022 Summer Cinema

This cinema design strikes a conversation that revolves around the topics of recycling materials and the impact of temporary architecture on the environment.  The winning entry, which will be erected at Garage Square in springtime 2022, makes use of a commonplace object to create an environment that reflects its transience.

The unexpected sensation is created by the phenomenon of refraction of light via the concave plastic water bottles and the porous walls that enable air to move through the building. The design has been proposed in a way to absorb sound, facilitate ventilation, and refract light.

When the interior space is illuminated, a unique pattern of light is formed inside the pavilion, owing to the convex surfaces of the plastic water bottles. 

‘When we started work on the competition proposal we decided that our concept should be eco-friendly and that we should use recycled materials in the design of the pavilion. Throughout the working process, we reflected on the intersections that exist between architecture, cinema, and life, eventually coming to the conclusion that they are united by temporality, cyclicality, and unpredictability.“ mentioned the founder of LIPMAN Architects- Dmitry Lipman.

He continues, “That is how the idea of creating a bottle pavilion that looks more like an image or a mirage than a real-life structure emerged”

The jury for the competition comprised of a group of well-known people in the field of design, animation, and teaching,

  1. Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design’s director- Anton Belov
  2. Strelka KB partner- Varvara Melnikova
  3. The Head of construction and maintenance of Garage- Dmitry Konyakhin
  4. The Curator of Garage Screen- Evgeny Gusyatinsky
  5. The Founders of previous competitions winners- Snkh Ashot and Armine Snkhchyan
  6. Higher School of Economics’s Head of Animation and Illustration and the Creator of graphic art and music videos- Alexey Ryumin
  7. The Head of Project Moscow through the eyes of Engineer and Architectural Historian- Ayrat Bagautdinov.

GORA architecture bureau (Nizhny Novgorod), Consortium BORUS Architectural + Basko Bo Far (Krasnoyarsk), KASARCHITECTS creative collective (Rostov-on-Don/Sukhum), lL. The competition’s organizers, Strelka KB, are a renowned Russian firm that provides strategic consultancy services in the subject of urban planning. Strelka KB has been assisting cities in developing their places, economics, administration, and technology based on the needs of their citizens since 2013.

The firm creates complete solutions to improve urban transportation, environment, and sustainability, as well as dwelling quality and accessibility. The organizing of architectural contests, which assist place Russian cities on the world map, is an essential aspect of the company’s activity.

The design team has very well presented their bold idea and innovative use of plastic bottles to build a facade that causes a shimmery effect when lightened up. This shining facade will be the main focal point and major attention-seeking element inviting visitors.

Garage Museum's Summer Cinema sitting area

Garage Museum’s 2022 Summer Cinema is intended as a project that will allow you to take a unique perspective on the phenomena of temporary building, reflecting its regularity and transience while also reflecting the season’s renewability. The construction site is set in a relevant context: across the street is the star architect Rem Koolhaas‘ Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, and all around is Gorky Park, Moscow’s major and most inviting park.

The notion of recycling materials and prolonging their life cycle is carried by the pavilion built of plastic water bottles as a fence framework, which is a very basic and comprehensible architectural language for the observer. This increases the viewer’s sense of social duty.

The design not only delivers the social message and injects the realization of one’s social duties but also invites community participation. A part of the plastic water bottles that will be used for construction is going to be collected via a campaign held among the visitors of the park.

With properly comprehended rules and regulations, an organizing point will be set up in the park to receive the contribution of the public’s recyclable raw materials for the summer cinema 2022. This logical task not only awakens the sense of unity and group work but also aids in managing the waste of the park.

design of Garage Museum's 2022 Summer Cinema

This design proposal demonstrates the power of architecture and how a building design can bring together communities and lay the foundation for a sustainable future. The innovative design is one of its kind where architects identified the calibre of the most simple and daily-use material-water bottles.

In urban common areas, temporary architecture has been developing and vanishing at an increasing rate. Many of these constructions have been dubbed ‘pop-ups,’ or follies designed to give a brief burst of light entertainment and photo opportunities. However, a more holistic form of temporary architecture has a long history of quietly suggesting how we may exist, work, and entertain more happily.

The concept and development of structure will leave a remarkable impact on the users in terms of the unique experience it’ll offer. It can ignite many creative ideas for the budding architects to get to know about the potential of each and every daily use element and impart a vision that seeks sustainability.

One of the challenges that teams face in such unique projects is to stay true to the design vision and generate a product as good as the rendered picture. The practical aspects and site conditions have to be properly considered in order to paint the creative concept’s picture into reality.

With the advancement in technology and building practices, simplistic materials like plastic are now being used as sustainable materials. From a dome to walls, the latest construction technology has made any design vision feasible with this material. The design of Garage Museum’s 2022 Summer Cinema delivers an idea of lifestyle and pleasure-oriented towards community and togetherness. The design of this temporary structure sets up various possibilities and pushes the conventional boundaries of architecture.

Architecture of Garage Museum's 2022 Summer Cinema


It allows the design to invest and fit itself into the urban scenario and merge well with the common space, its public, and the different set of ideas. It serves as an experimental ground for social interaction and engagement. The initiative of involving the community in the collection of raw materials demonstrates the thoughtful approach of the architects to form a strong bond of the community and new architecture being set up.

Though the structure is not permanent, it will surely leave visuals worth remembering and architectural concepts guiding the future of design and urban development.

Discover More