From the editors
FOREWORD

DESTINATION
Aleksandr Sologubov
CULTURE IN A "FOREIGN" SPACE: AN INTRODUCTION
Ivan Chechot
TO GENIUS LOCI KALININGRAD AND KOENIGSBERG
Wolfgang Eichwede
KALININGRAD IN THE YEAR 2020 - A NOT QUITE FICTITIOUS CONVERSATION
Aleksandr Sologubov
DESTINATION - KALININGRAD

PHRASE BOOK
Aleksandr Sologubov
FROM KALININGRAD DICTIONARY

MAP OF THE CITY
Anatolii Bakhtin
UGLY KOENIGSBERG
Elena Gladkova
FORMA URBIS. SYMBOLIC PARALLELS
Valery Orlov
IN OR OUT

SOUTHERN STATION
Ivan Chechot
THE RAILWAY STATION AND ENTRANCE TO THE CITY OF KALININGRAD

CROSSROADS
Aleksandr Popadin
BINARY STATES OF "K" CITY
Eugeny Umansky, Karpenko-Karpenko
KATYANASTYA

IN THE CENTER
Andrei Monastyrsky, Sabina Haensgen
EMPTY CENTER K.
Pavel Nastin
COURTYARD-WELL

COMMUNICATIONS
Artem Advokat
GRAFFITI
Elena Tsvetaeva
FOLK GRAFFITI
Marek Wolodzko
FOLLOWING SILENT WORDS
FA+ (Ingrid Falk & Gustavo Aguerre)
THE MYTHICAL FOUNDATION OF KALININGRAD
Aleksandr Sologubov
MICROTOPONYMY

PRETERITION: KNEIPHOF ISLAND
Aleksandr Sologubov
THE CATHEDRAL
Aleksandr Popadin
ERECTING BRIDGES
Ivan Chechot
THE BRIDGES AND "THE PREGEL'S ODOR"
John Craig Freeman, Greg Ulmer
IMAGING KALININGRAD: THE SEVEN BRIGES OF KOENIGSBERG

STOA KANTIANA
Anatolii Bakhtin
FORGOTTEN KANT AND THE KANT-BRAND IN KOENIGSBERG
Aleksandr Sologubov
KANT
Olga Lopukhova
KANT'S TOMB
Erika Wolf
KANT'S BRIDES: A READYMADE PHOTOGRAPHIC CHRONOTOPE
Ivan Chechot
THE CATHEDRAL AND KANT FOR EVERYONE, OR IS GOD FEARSOME WITHOUT MORAL

THE CASTLE OF SOVIETS
Aleksandr Sologubov
THE ROYAL CASTLE
Igor Sacharov-Ross
WINE CELLAR
Dali Rust
A WHITE SEAGULL ABOVE THE CITY: THE SYMBOLS OF THE OLD NEW CITY
Joanna Sandell
WRITING OF DREAMS
RAKETA
LIGHT UP DOM SOVETOV
Aleksandr Sologubov
THE HOUSE OF SOVIETS

GERMANS
Ilya Dementiev
THE MOST PROFOUND SECRET OF ONE KOENIGSBERG LAWYER: HOFFMANN
KudaBegutSobaki
A LEGEND ABOUT FIVE LITTLE ULRICHEN AND FERRYMAN ANDRE

Peter Wunsch
KOENIGSBERG-KALININGRAD. THE TASTE OF MARZIPAN
Aleksandr Sologubov
THE COUNTRY OF PENSIONERS - OR THE GERMANS
Martin Huettel
QWERTZ

MOSCOW PERSPECTIVE
Olga Sezneva
CONCRETE ELEMENTS OF KALININGRAD
Agnieszka Wolodzko
HABITATION UNITS
Werner Moeller
THE UNDREAMED OF CITY
Oleg Vasiutin
TOWN PLANNING MATHEMATICS
Mark Borozna
MOSKOVSKII PROSPECT & THE SHADOWS AROUND ALTSTADT

OUR TOWER Ivan Chechot
KRONPRINZ
Elena Tsvetaeva
THE TOWER-REDAN "KRONPRINZ"
THE KRONPRINZ TOWER. Projects for the National Centre for Contemporary Arts by Students of the Institute for Theory and Design in Architecture (Braunschweig, Germany)
OUR PRIDE
Aleksandr Sologubov
AMBER
Aleksandr Sologubov
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Ivan Chechot
THE AMBER ROOM

BASTIONS
Avenir Ovsyanov
BASTIONS IN DIAMONDS AND EMERALDS
Rostan Tavasiev
LITTLE BRICKS

THE MARKET
Ivan Chechot
THE HOUSE OF MACHINERY: THE RECONSTRACTION AND EXPLOITATION OF THE POPULATION

V.I.P. (Very Interesting Person)
Elena Tsvetaeva
SERGEI TIMOFEEVICH

PLACE OF EXECUTION
Bert Hoppe
TRACES OF A VIRTUAL HISTORY IN A VERY REAL CITY

CSC ROC
Aleksandr Sologubov
CHRIST THE SAVIOR CATHEDRAL

TRAM
Aleksandr Sologubov
LIFE AND EGGS (A sketch about trams)
SKART
LUCKY TICKET

MEETING POINT
Aleksandr Popadin
THE BULLS
Ivan Chechot
GAUL'S FOUNTAIN
Ivan Chechot
A STROLL THROUGH THE CENTER
Aleksandr Popadin
IN THE FLOW: FOUNTAIN SEASON
Aleksandr Popadin
NINE
Elena Tsygankova
WILD WEST OF RUSSIA

THE ZOO
Irina Kozhevnikova
ZOO
Ingeborg Strobl
ANIMALS IN KALININGRAD AND A MOSAIC
Elena Tsvetaeva
KOENIGSBERG CATS

MEMENTO MORE
Avenir Ovsianov
KOENIGSBERG'S SPIRITUAL HERITAGE IN TONS, ITEMS AND SACKS. From the history of lost and found cultural heritage
Aleksandr Sologubov
KALININ PARK
Aleksandr Popadin
WE ALL ARE GOING TO BE THERE
Aleksandr Sologubov
MONUMENTS
Irina Kozhevnikova
MONUMENT TO 1200 GUARDSMEN IN KALININGRAD
Roger Palmer
BRIEF MEMORIALS

MATTER AND SPIRIT
Aleksandr Sologubov
MYSTICISM
Aleksandr Popadin
FRAGMENT OF A SYMPHONY FOR SLOW READING: IVANOV AND HIS SURROUNDINGS
Evgenii Umanskii
ATTIC OF RECOGNITION
Aleksandr Sologubov
STOVES
Dmitrii Vyshemirskii
MAN AND WOMAN
Lana Vyshemirskaya
THE SMALL SCULPTURE "GIRL"

ON THE STREET
Evgenii Umanskii
CHANUKAH
Aleksandr Popadin
CUBIC PAVEMENT
Igor Isaev, Dmitrii Demidenko
SEWER HATCHES
Aleksandr Popadin
THE FIRE HYDRANT
Irina Kozhevnikova
TRADITIONS
Kalle Brolin, Kristina Muntzing
POTENTIAL PLACE

Aleksandr Popadin
THE WATERFALL HERACLES' BOLT

V.I.P. (Very Interesting Person)
Manuela
NATASHA POTERYASHINA. Inteview

ATMOSPHERE
Aleksandr Sologubov
TO BE IN THE MOOD FOR PACKING
Aleksandr Popadin
ALL-WEATHER KALININGRADIANS
Dmitrii Bulatov, Pavel Savel'ev
ACEPHALUS: OPTICAL MODELS
Mark Borozna
LIGHT THE CRYSTALS OF KALININGRAD!

THE HARBOR
Evgenii Kazannik
PORT
Aleksandr Ponomarev
THE GATES

SUBURBS
Avenir Ovsyanov
THE BRIDGE THAT THE "RUSSIANS COULDN'T PULL DOWN"
Elena Tsvetaeva
THE ROAD TO BERLIN: FROM EPIC TO BANAL. Interview with Valerii Bugrov
Aleksandr Popadin
HOAR-STONES AND BOUNDARY SYMBOLS
Aleksandr Popadin
MUSCOVITES ARE HANGING
Anders Kreuger
BEFORE THE CITY



THE KRONPRINZ TOWER


Projects for the National Centre for Contemporary Arts by Students of the Institute for Theory and Design in Architecture (Braunschweig, Germany)


Martin Tamke & Olaf Kobiella, curators


Maike Wienmeyer

The main concept of this project is to benefit from its well-situated position next to a major street and to use the enormous interior courtyard of the entire fortification complex. To achieve this, the courtyard will be transformed into a pedestrian arcade leading directly to Kaliningrad's city center. The courtyard connects the surrounding structures by means of a spacious walkway in the middle of the complex. The main concept, the center of transformation, is the heart of the arcade, a space for communication and interchange.

Natalia Kopycko

The central idea for the project of the reconstruction of the Kronprinz Tower is the transformation of an old architectural complex from the 19th century into something new without adding further elements that would destroy the symmetry of the classical composition.

A complete ring of buildings surrounds a courtyard that is supposed to work as an integral whole; it unites the institutions taking part in the development of media culture in Kaliningrad (Internet, telephone, education, and art and culture centers). Of special significance in this new ensemble is the project Global Square, which will connect Kaliningrad with other cities places by means of a screen on the wall the interior courtyard. The large size of the screen will create the illusion of simultaneous presence in several locations and an effect of interactivity amongst different institutions.

The most attractive part of the complex is a tower that has been handed over to the NCCA in 2003 for use and reconstruction. In the building itself new trends in contemporary art will be represented via multi-media, Internet, design, and performance. The tower will not only attract the public but will also provoke contact.

Joern Loffhagen

This reconstruction plan is based upon the interaction of two different parts of the building: the tower and a "flying insect", unequal twins that differ in weight and appearance. The shape of the "insect" is generated from the tangential movement into the art forum on the one hand, and circular movement within the Kronprinz Tower on the other. This form is also an attempt to use the closed space and atmosphere of the forum as a miniature representation of the art cosmos.

Evy Papadopolous

The tower proposed in this project will rise above the former barracks of the Kronprinz and will be visible from everywhere in the city. It offers a unique sort of orientation. A new building placed over the Kronprinz Tower will resemble an insect in its form. The insect will seduce the eye with its smooth, red shining skin that is surrounded by pink latticework. Visitors approaching the old weir system will go through a forest of columns that resemble the legs of an insect. At first glance, it is immediately visible that one of the insect's legs is situated directly in the tower. Entering the tower, the visitor finds all the necessary facilities to embark upon adventures in new media art.

Henning Rose

The form of the Kronprinz Tower defines the shape and structure of its extension. According to the rules of subdivision surface technology, in points of high density melting occurs in different parts of a structure; this results in a unique object. In a second step the obtained form is mirrored along an imaginary axis of reflection which is developed from the geometric peculiarities of the old fortification structure. In this manner, a duplicate of the Kronprinz Tower arises in the newly organised interior courtyard of the barrack fortress. This new building will have an absolutely smooth surface and will provide a mirror-like reflection of the historical monument. The two structures are connected together by means of a tube, which will allow free circulation from one space to the other.

Peter Roch

The concept for the NCCA plays with the idea of the "slipstream." The solid mass of the Kronprinz is perceived as an object that separates its environment into zones of movement but also into areas of great contemplative stability. It resembles a rock in the dessert; with the passage of time, the wind generates a specific form of sand behind the rock.

This slipstream of movement, built up behind the tower, creates a perfect condition for the presentation and production of art. A simulation of flows and movements that interact with the fortifications of the Kronprinz generates the natural, aerodynamic edge of this space and defines the shape of the building.

This main principle continues within the interior. The layout and interconnection of the different programmatic functions follow the idea of wind drifts. Starting from their origin at the Kronprinz, individual rooms develop in different sizes and length throughout the new volume. A meandering void connects the spaces and creates areas of communication.

Sabine Schelcher

Art should come to the spectator, thus the spectator comes to art.

The aim of the NCCA, to interest as many spectators as possible in contemporary Russian art, will be achieved by a new, decentralized exhibition concept. A group of four architectural objects within the urban fabric of Kaliningrad will define the realm of the new institution. Only spaces for artists will be situated within the old Kronprinz Tower. The actual exhibition space will be divided into four parts, into four capsules, belonging like satellites to the central tower. They are all positioned in highly public places: Next to the tower, in the patio of the building (performance); on the wide, empty square in front of the train station (video and media); at the lake in the northern park of the city (installations); and on the small, rather well proportioned square in front of the stock exchange and close to the water (music). The capsules are designed as unique urban signs. Through shape and color, they catch the eye, even when seen from a distance: pedestrians approach to see more.


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