Museum for Regional Culture
The new Museum for Regional Culture in the centre of Volgograd is devoted to the history and heritage of the legendary horsemen and warrior society, transferring the historic roots of the region into a contemporary forum. The design includes extensively landscaped grounds with a dynamic layout of paths, sitting sculptures and green space. The museum building harmoniously integrates into this scenario. The curved monolithic body of the exhibition area, with a geometry derived from the organisation and development of the interior space, rises from a sculptural concrete podium. The metallic façade consisting of aluminium panels resembles a flexible skin, which tightens over the edges and folds under stress. It evokes movement and strength – traditional attributes of the Cossack horseback soldiers. Wide steps lead the visitors down to the lowered forecourt, where they find a thresholdfree entrance into the spacious glazed lobby.
Moving staircases then take the visitors through light, colour and sound installations up to the exhibition area. The collection is arranged along a helical path that descends on a steady slope. The path surrounds a central atrium and is lined with platforms and recessed display cabinets which visually illustrate the collection effectively. Thematic panoramic projections and interactive screens provide a multimedia exhibition experience and create a captivating cosmos characterised by the superimposition of physical and virtual impressions to form a fitting context for the historical objects. The tour ends at the entrance level lounge with a spacious hall used for events. The forecourt with its wide steps provides an amphitheatre as a possible extension to the museum and an impressive backdrop for the museum building.