This exposition is devoted to the history of architecture and town planning and construction in the Urals. The best samples of Ural architecture of the late 18th – 20th centuries are represented by models, drawings, painting and photos of the late 19th century.
Seven sections trace the main stages of architecture development and supply the idea of historical styles: from folk wooden architecture and Baroque to avant-guard and contemporary architecture. The students of the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Art and the Ural college of architecture, construction and entrepreneurship made large-scale models of architectural ensembles of Solikamsk, Dalmatov monastery, the monuments of industrial architecture of Seversky, Kyshtymsky, Lysvensky and Bilimbayevsky works, and masterpieces by M.P.Malakhov, the founder of Ural classicism school.
The models are supplemented by a virtual excursion “Ekaterinburg Sightseeing Guided Tour”. Fifteen-episode documentary series is a fascinating story of the distinctive features of our city’s architectural styles illustrated by 45 monuments.
Sheet-forge hammer from Neivo-Shaitansky works (manufactured in 1826) opens the exposition. The hammer was used to prepare sheet billets from iron balls and ingots.
Together with the originals dating from the 19th century a model of Bessemer converter from Nizhne-Saldinsky works is also on display.
The Ural works widely used foreign technological experience. Steam reversible machine (Erhard & Semmer machine) operated in the late 19th century and was manufactured in Germany and assembled at the works under the direction of a famous Ural engineer, metallurgist Grum-Gzhimailo.
Mill stand from Neivo-Shaitansky works (early 19th century) supplies an idea of 19th-century rolling production.
Steam hammer manufactured by Kramatorsk machine-building plant for UZTM in 1938 represents the machinery of the 20th century. It stamped articles from the variety of carbon and alloyed steel. Parallel with die hammers a double-crank press produced by Komintern machine-building plant (Zlatoust) was used in a forge-and-press shop.
One more foreign item is a bridge crane. It is a unique example of load-lifting machinery. A bridge crane of British production operated at Verkh-Isetsky iron-and-steel works till the 1970s. Its manual drive was capable of lifting up to 15 tons.
Exposition Ural School of Design
This exposition is intended as an area of temporary thematic exhibitions devoted to the stages the Ural design school development: from industrial culture origin to modern tendencies of industrial, graphical and environmental design.
In pre-industrial period design developed as relationship of arts and crafts. In the Urals it was vividly illustrated in stone-cutting and lapidary work.
A unique collection of machine-tools of the 17th – 19th centuries from V.V.Shakhmin’s workshop embodies the originality of mining culture and its aesthetics.
The exhibition “Ural Engineering and Architectural Graphic Art of the 18th – 19th Centuries” demonstrates individuality of industrial graphics of the Urals and Siberia which developed simultaneously with the development of mining and metallurgical machinery and technology always being a specific decorative and technical branch of the production and a creative power.
“Velo-Steam-Auto. Stories of Vehicles and Design” is a journey over the world of vehicle design from the invention of the first wheel transport to bold experiments with shapes and visual looks of contemporary auto-designers. The exhibition was opened in July 2016.
Exposition The Ural State University of Architecture and Art: the Story of the University
The corporate museum introduces visitors to the history of origin and development stages of the Ural State University of Architecture and Art: the story of the university.
This section contains archive documents and materials dealing with scientific, pedagogical and designing activity of K.T.Babykin, the founder of Ural architectural school, and other chancellors who made a considerable contribution to the development of the Ural State University of Architecture and Art.
The sections reflecting the history of the University separate structural subdivisions, such as faculties of architecture and design, institute of fine arts, Museum of architecture and design, the Ural centre of design development are in the development stage. A particular attention will be focused on outstanding graduates who have merited fame to the University by their creative activity in various fields, such as music, cinema and certainly architecture and design. The best of them are engaged today in the world’s larger companies, such as “Toyota”, “Bosch-Siemens”, “Citroën-Peugeot”, “Samsung electronics”, in a number of foreign universities; some of them head leading designing companies, departments of architecture and urban development and construction in the cities and regions of Russia.
Jubilee and thematic exhibitions essentially supplement the exposition, among them the exhibition devoted to the 75th anniversary of Chancellor G.I.Zaikin, the first audio-graphic exhibition of V.Butusov and I.Ziganshin’s illustrations to the rock album “The Travel” (“Puteshestwie”) of Urfin Juis group, etc.