Russian architect beats star names in Perm

ST PETERSBURG. A little-known Moscow architect Boris Bernaskoni, 31, has beaten 24 international competitors such as Zaha Hadid to secure the commission for a new art museum in Perm, one of the country’s largest cities. The competition was organised by the Centre for Contemporary Architecture in Moscow which has said the museum’s goal is “to become one of the most important cultural sites in Russia” and is“conceived as the region’s calling card, a brand like the Guggenheim in Bilbao”. The city’s current art museum is located in a 19th-century church that has been returned to the Orthodox Church. The decision to award the $100,000 prize to the young Russian has been criticised in the Russian media as he has no experience with large-scale projects. J.V.

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