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Moscow technopark victory for Zaha Hadid Architects

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The London studio has won a competition for a new ‘technopark’ near Moscow for Russia’s largest bank

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) – whose founder died last month – defeated four other finalists including Foster + Partners and Italy’s Fuksas to win the high-profile job.

The Sberbank technopark is thought to be one of the last projects designed by Hadid before she suffered a heart attack aged 65.

The full shortlist

  • Foster + Partners (UK)
  • Zaha Hadid Architects (UK)
  • Eric Owen Moss Architects (US)
  • SPEECH (Russia)
  • Fuksas (Italy)

The participating teams developed their design concepts for the building between December 2015 and April 2016.

Sberbank chief executive and executive chairman Herman Gref commented: ‘We appraised the advanced achievements of modern architectural science that will be used to create our unique facility. Sberbank’s technopark will become a centre of expertise for the company and a driver of IT innovation.’

Moscow’s chief architect Sergey Kuznetsov told World Build 365: ‘Zaha Hadid Architects has developed a unique concept for the Sberbank technopark building, united into a single architectural ensemble that harmoniously blends into the architectural surroundings.’

ZHA project director Christos Passas said: ’The necessity to innovate and collaborate is fundamental to Sberbank’s operations. Our research into interconnected, multi-function environments has driven the Sberbank Technopark design.

’It responds to the bank’s requirements for enhanced communication, interaction and diversification. The design reconfigures working relationships and adopts a holistic approach to creating an engaging environment that offers a diversified range of facilities both internally and externally.’

He continued: ‘The incredible belief in the power of invention attracted Zaha Hadid to the Russian avant-garde. She realized how architecture can enrich creativity; how space itself can enhance dynamism, complexity, coherence and continuity. These principles are embedded within the Sberbank Technopark design.’

Planned to complete in 2019, the scheme is part of the 400ha Skolkovo Innovation Centre development outside of Moscow.

Described as Russia’s Silicon Valley, Skolkovo will feature office buildings and laboratories dedicated to new IT, biomedical, energy, nuclear and space innovations. Scott Brownrigg won a separate contest to masterplan a business park near the innovation centre three years ago.

ZHA’s technopark win is understood to be the practice’s third project in Russia. The studio opened Moscow’s 21,184m2 Dominion Tower in September and completed the private Capital Hill Residence five years ago.


Project Team

Architecture & Landscape Design: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
ZHA Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
ZHA Design Director: Christos Passas
ZHA Project Architect: Eider Fernandez
ZHA Project Team: Veronika Ilinskaya, Spyridon Kaprinis, Chrysi Fradellou, Bruno Perreira, Ben Kikkawa, Melhem Spheir, Sergey Krupin, Faten El Meri, Reza Esmaeeli, Nicos Yiatros, Emily Rohrer, Adam Twigger and Tam Cader
Structural Design: AKT2, London
AKT2 Design Director: Daniel Bosia
MEP/ Environmental Systems: Atelier 10, London
Atelier 10 Director: Meredith Davey
Atelier 10 Project Lead: Younha Rhee
Lighting Design: OVI Lighting, New York
OVI Directors: Jean Sundin and Enrique Peiniger
Cost Consultant: RLB International, London-Moscow
RLB Project Lead: Gary Danks
RLB: Andrew Blythe

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