The project for reconstruction, restoration, technical refurbishment and renovation of the Alexander Palace was designed in 2011 by a team of specialists led by Mr Nikita Yavein from the architectural workshop Studio 44 .
According to their design, the palace should become a multifunctional museum complex with permanent displays of recreated and restored rooms, temporary exhibition galleries, research and conference rooms, and a children’s creative center. The cellars (ground floor) will accommodate a café, vestibules with ticket offices, a cloakroom, a tour desk and a museum shop, as well as technical and other services.
The contractor for the work is PSB ZhilStroy Ltd. The cellars’ renovation and partial replacement of ceilings in the West Wing have been completed. The palace will close to start the most difficult replacement of ceilings, roof frames, outdated pipes and networks, and then the restoration and recreation of the interiors.
The restoration phase should include the following:
Restoration of rooms with surviving historic decorations, such as the Suite of State Rooms including the Corner Drawing Room, Mountain Hall, Large or Crimson Drawing-Room and Library Rooms, as well as the Reception Room and State (New) Study of Nicholas II;
Some rooms in the West Wing that were rebuilt in 1949 will be used as temporary exhibition and conference rooms after restoration.
These works are scheduled for completion in 2018, depending on finances. If the palace reopens by 17 July 2018, that will be a major event commemorating 100 years since the tragic death of Emperor Nicholas II and his family.