The warehouses are openwork metal pavilions that remained in Nizhny Novgorod after the XVI All-Russian Industrial and Art Exhibition in 1896. After the exhibition, four of the 200 pavilions were moved to the Siberian pier and used as a frame for warehouses. Only two structures have survived to this day, which were accidentally discovered during the preparation of the city for the 2015 FIFA World Cup. In Soviet times, there was a closed port on Strelka, surrounded by a brick wall that hid the pavilions from prying eyes. Now the warehouses have been restored to their historical appearance and declared objects of cultural heritage of regional significance.
The architectural bureau "SPICH" has developed a project for adapting the openwork metal structures of warehouses to a new use - as concert and exhibition halls. They were cleaned, coated with corrosion protection, and pavilions were built inside, repeating the external shape. The interior structures, clad in polished stainless steel panels, reflect the design of the outer shell and seem to dissolve within it. The authors of the project are architects Sergei Choban, Igor Chlenov and Alexey Shubkin.
1,400 RADUGA™ luminaires were used in the architectural lighting of the warehouses. One of the main goals of the customer and architects when developing the project was to preserve as much as possible the historical appearance of the metal structures of the warehouses. From a lighting point of view, the task was complicated by the peculiarities of working with mirror surfaces, which can produce unnecessary glare that distorts the perception of the object. To avoid this, the SOLIS linear luminaires are installed along the perimeter of the internal pavilions, and STRIA linear luminaires with a wide opening angle are installed along the ridge and roof slopes. They provide uniform illumination of the panels and create the geometry of the complex at night, when the outlines of the external structure dissolve in the darkness. Individual bays of the historical shell are illuminated by SIGNUM spotlights, which highlight the lace effect of the metal skeleton of the warehouses.
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PHOTO: "SPICH" architectural bureau / Dmitry Chebanenko