Museum Quarter in Pskov — a jewel of 17th century Russian architecture

  • photographers:
    Sergey Luks
  • installation:
    AIK Energo
  • supply:
    AIK Energo
About the project
The Pskov State Historical, Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve is one of the oldest museums in Russia. It was opened by the local historians in 1876 as the Pskov Archaeological Museum. Even in the difficult decades of the revolutions and wars, the museum did not close its doors to visitors, preserving each exhibit as well as the architectural features of its buildings.
The architectural style of the complex is defined as the Pskov architectural school. It is easy to distinguish it, there is a saying: "The Moscow temple is a cake, the Pskov temple is a wooden trunk." There is no rich external decoration, no domes with multi-colored tiles, no mosaics and no murals - all that the capital's temple architecture is famous for. There is austerity, northern severity and asceticism instead.
Lighting concept and goals
The concept is based around a uniform illumination of the façades with additional bright or colour accents in the windows. Three buildings of the complex are lit with INTILED equipment: The Pogankin Chambers, The House of the Priest, The Pskov Art and Design School of N.F. Van der Vliet.
Implementation of The Pogankin Chambers and The House of the Priest
For these structures, in addition to the uniform illumination of their façades, the roofs are also highlighted to preserve the buildings’ integrity.
The Pogankin Chambers is the largest civil building of the 17th century on the territory of the old Pskov. It is a U-shaped building made of the Pskov limestone comprising three parts of different heights, which were built simultaneously. The enfilade arrangement of rooms gave the building its elongated shape.
The House of the Priest is located near the Sokolya Tower and is also lined with the Pskov limestone.
For uniform flood lighting along the perimeter of the façades, IntiGROUND luminaires with wide optics and neutral white 4000K were installed.
To illuminate the roof, the preference was given to IntiSLIM luminaires with elliptical optics, neutral 4000K and a special bracket. The accents in the windows are made using EDGE-mini luminaires with 3000K warm light.
A special attention was paid to the pit* in the Pogankin Chambers from the side of the Nekrasov Street. KUB and EDGE-mini fittings were installed in these pits to create yet another architectural accent.
*pit – recesses in the ground adjacent to the wall of the building
Implementation of the Pskov Art and Design School of N.F. Van der Vliet
The entire façade is illuminated with a warm colour temperature of 3000K. IntiGROUND-midi luminaires with wide optics were installed along the perimeter of the building to evenly graze the façade surface. In interwindow openings, low-voltage LINE with asymmetric optics are used; IntiSLIM fittings with elliptical optics are mounted in the windows. On the top floor in the arched windows, EDGE-mini accent luminaires are installed.

lighting equipment

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