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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia by Kubota & Bachmann Architects

November 7th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kubota & Bachmann Architects


Our proposal for the NCCA aims to provide a distinguished/attractive landmark to the Khodynskoe Pole district. It islocated in a symmetrical axis to the park and serves as a solution ensuring the environmental balance of the Khodynskoe Pole district.

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  • Architects: Kubota & Bachmann Architects
  • Project: National Center for Contemporary Art
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Client: The board of Trustees of the National Center for Contemporary Arts
  • Type of Competition: Open International Competition
  • Program: Exhibition spaces, Collection center, Main public space, Service area, Creative residences
  • Construction Area: 17 000 m²
  • Usable Floor Area: 46 500 m²
  • Building Hight: 77.5 m
  • Result (2d october 2013): Conpetition Entry

Competition entry submission

  • 1st stage: 25th september 2013
  • 2nd stage: 29th November 2013

Competition Team

  • Architects: Toshihiro KUBOTA, Francisco MARTINEZ
  • Perspectives: Jigen

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Appearance and disappearance

The façade iscomposed out of a multitude of reflectivemetallic pixels that are attached on light structures. According to the wind direction the pixels change their orientation wherefore the building appearssomehow in constant motion. Atsome moments itmayreflect the sky, atothers the surroundingsor the park and createsthereby an impression of being a merely intangible building. From an ecological point of view the pixels serve as a windshelter. At the same time, they have the estheticalsideeffect of allowing the visitors to see the outsidethrough a lenticularscreen, causing by itsreflectionsymmetry a similareffect to a kaleidoscope.

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Rational and flexibility

Each of the 200 m x 15 m floorsmeetsboth rational and functionalrequirements. Some of the exhibition spacesbenefitfrom a ceilingfrom 4 up to 8 m heightwhichmaybeused for administration, public spaces and creativeresidences.

Due to structural considerations, the mostvoluminousspaces (i.e. performance hall and conference hall) are locatedoutside the building rack.

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New Scenography / Vertical Museum

The exhibition halls whoseheights are exceeding 12.5 m are as welllocatedoutside of the building rack, thoughthey dispose of a specialelevator system whose design wasinspired by the naval elevatorused for giantboats. The NCCA wouldthusbeworld’s first museum to have an exhibition spacewithin an elevator. This offersclearadvantages for the space allocation program sincethisspecial exhibition spacecan change its position in function of the respective need. It provides a high degree of flexibility and allows an unprecedentedscenography of the museumspaceorganization.

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The reflectivemetallic pixels on the south façade serve as a solar protection for the building and allow the building to recoverwindenergy. Moreover, energymayalsoberecoveredfrom the elevator motion.

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Company profile :
Kubota&Bachmann Architects GmBH is a modern and dynamic architectural firm which addresses questions of contemporary architecture, urbanism, as well as culture as a general organising principal.

Since 2010 the office has proven broad know-how in the areas of architecture and technology and therefore has received awards for the international master plan competition in Zurich, Switzerland and for the Maritime Culture and Pop Music Center in Kaoshiung, Taiwan. Its creative team covers all areas of architecture, interior design and urban planning.

Based on the combination of a wide range of experience and the expertise of the associates Toshihiro Kubota, Yves Bachmann und Francisco Martinez, Kubota & Bachmann Architects GmbH offers fundamental knowledge in planning and designing ambitious architectural projects no matter what their physical and coordinating challenges may be. In addition, they manifest a constructive dialogue with all involved partners, including clients, real estate owners, decision-makers and neighbours. Kubota & Bachmann Architects GmbH guarantees an effective process in architectural and urban developments and thereby takes into consideration the tradition of the local environment as well as the challenges and ambitions of the future.

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Toshihiro KUBOTA

Toshihiro Kubota was born on July 20th 1976 in Ibaraki, Japan.

He studied Interior Design at the Creapôle-ESDI in Paris. After his graduation in the year 2000, Toshihiro Kubota began work as a freelancer for the Ateliers Jean Nouvel. During this time he contributed to several successful projects for the Ateliers Jean Novel, winning competitions such as the Copenhagen concert hall and the Geneva CEVA 5 train station. Furthermore, his collaboration with Shigeru Ban won the competition of Metz Pompidou Centre Museum in France. It was around this time that Toshihiro Kubota and Yves Bachmann met.

In 2006 Toshihiro Kubota was personally invited to participate in the second phase of the Seoul Performing Art Centre’s competition, where he came in second place. By 2007, he was promoted to design partner, working directly with Jean
Nouvel. Within the next two years he won the competitions for the Paris Philharmonic and the Atlantic 3000 casino complex in Los Angeles.

In 2010, Toshihiro Kubota and Yves Bachmann founded Kubota&Bachmann Architects GmBH in Zurich, Switzerland.


  • Kubota & Bachmann Architects: Zurich, Switzerland (December 2010 – ) Founded the firm with Yves Bachmann
  • Ateliers Jean Nouvel: Paris, France ( May 2000 – July 2012) Design Partner
  • Elephantoffice: Paris, France ( July 2005 – july 2006) Founded the firm with Anna Ranova Lundstrom and Stefan Mathys
  • Shigeru Ban Architects: London, United Kingdom ( July – September 2003) Collaboration for Metz Pompidou Center Museum
  • TKA : Toshihiro Kubota Architecte-I: Paris, France ( October 2000 – ) Starts working freelance

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Yves Bachmann was born on December 9th 1975 in Zurich, Switzerland.

He studied Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Burgdorf where he obtained his diploma in 2001. After graduation, Yves Bachmann worked for the Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris. His position as a project manager included the supervision of several prestigious projects, among others assignments for the Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohammed al Thani from Qatar. It was around this time Yves Bachmann met Toshihiro Kubota.

Following his time in France, Yves Bachmann co-operated with Iria Degen Interiors on projects in South Africa and Switzerland until he joined the management board of Iria Degen Interiors in 2006. During this period he was in chage of projects like the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Capetown, the Swiss railways headquarters in Zurich, the Metropol and Globus restaurants in Zurich as well as several luxury homes and apartments.

In 2010, Toshihiro Kubota and Yves Bachmann founded Kubota&Bachmann Architects LCC in Zurich, Switzerland.


  • Kubota & Bachmann Architects Zurich, Switzerland (December 2010 – )  Founded the firm with Toshihiro Kubota
  • Iria Degen Interiors Zurich, Switzerland ( 2004 – 2012) Project Manager
  • Ateliers Jean Nouvel Paris, France ( 2001 – 2003) Project Manager

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Francisco MARTINEZ
Francisco Martinez was born on July 10th 1976 in Alicante, Spain.

He studied Architecture at the ETSAV in Valencia and Ecole d´Architecture de Paris la Defense. Francisco started as a junior architect at Ateliers Jean Nouvel in 2000, joining the Agbar Tower project team, carrying the project from the first concept sketches to the on-site construction supervision in a 6-year time between Paris and Barcelona, ending as facade design manager and project manager for the interior design of the Agbar Tower. Francisco met Toshiiro Kubota and Yves Bachmann in Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris.

In 2010, Francisco Martinez joined OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rem Koolhaas), as a project architect, leading the Caen Library project from the concept design. After more than two years, Construction drawings are now finished, and construction is about to start. Francisco has also participated in other projects for OMA in France, as TGI PAris and recently won Ecole Centrale Paris competition.

In 2012, Francisco start collaborations with Kubota&Bachmann Architects as a designer for several projects and

OMA – Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rem Koolhaas (August 2010 – ) Project Leader
El Muro Azul Arquitectos (March 2005 – March 2012) Founder & Design Director
Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Juin 2000 – Juin 2006) Project Leader

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