Reconstruction of the historic Moscow power plant. Now to be transformed into a cultural space. The VAC Foundation creates a social experience revolving around visual arts, performing arts, music, as well as science and sustainability. This project was carried out by the prestigious architectural firm of Renzo Piano.
Intended for the younger generation, the project is guided by two main concepts. First, the idea was to build a space where visitors feel guided by their own intuition. Just walk through the welcoming entrance, take a look from left to right, from top to bottom, and they will understand where to go and how to move around. The second relates to the circulation strategy. They call it “The Circulation Network” a fluid and visible network, in one piece composed of stairs, elevators, corridors, canopy and platforms that connect the different spaces.
Frapont was in charge of the design and fabrication of the acoustic panels, both wood and aluminum, for the walls and ceilings of the Auditorium, the Studio and the Main Hall. These acoustic panels were subjected to sound tests to verify their acoustic absorption. As well as fireproof tests. For the main hall and the studio, we used micro-perforated aluminum panels painted white at high temperature for their glossy finish. As for the auditorium, we opted for wood panels and cladding, which were manufactured in our factory. It was a unique project in which our production focused more on aluminum acoustic panels, demonstrating that we do not only know how to work with wood. We also developed and designed anchoring systems for the panels. As for the aluminum panels, we made an exhaustive development of aluminum profiles that allowed the assembly of the frames with the micro-perforated sheet. For the wood panels, we have developed the anchoring system for panels of various types. We have designed mechanisms so that the panels can rotate and pivot on their own axis, making them foldable. Allowing the use of the desired panel faces depending on the technical requirements of the room. Likewise with the wall panels, which were curved with hydraulic presses to give them convex shapes. For this type of panels we also developed an anchoring system that allows the panels to pivot from their center allowing their inclination depending on the sound conditions to be achieved.