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International Advisory Committee discussed plan of pre-conservation research

Melnikov House                            November 20th, 2017
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International Advisory Committee discussed plan of pre-conservation research of the Melnikov House

On November 20, 2017 the State Melnikovs Museum hosted members of the International Advisory Committee (IAC), chaired by Professor Jean-Louis Cohen (France), in the house-studio of Konstantin Melnikov at Krivoarbatsky lane in Moscow. Local and international experts discussed the priorities, program, timing and organizational scheme of a pre-conservation survey of the Melnikov House and its adjacent site. Reports were also presented to the IAC members on the house’s vital engineering, heating and electric systems.

The first stage of the conservation project will be an in-depth survey performed in 2019 that is supported through a grant from the Getty Foundation (USA) and a donation from PIK Group (Russia). One of the project outcomes will be a BIM (Building Information Model) of the House.

Prof. Jean-Louis Cohen, Chair of International Advisory Committee says:
"The house of Konstantin and Viktor Melnikov is an absolutely unique testimony of the Russian avant-garde, which has kept to this day both its integrity and its authenticity. Combining the expertise acquired on comparable sites worldwide will allow to keep these qualities, and to implement a canonic preservation and maintenance project, which will have a wide impact beyond Russia".

Pavel Kuznetsov, director of the State Melnikovs Museum says: "The research program covers literally everything—from the foundations, construction, and inter-floor membrane to fabrics, colors, and built-in interior elements. Experts managed to find proper 'division of labour' between stakeholders of this complex project, with all participants recognizing the highest responsibility of their mission: to save this unique monument for humanity".

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