Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected to build the Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Moscow, Russia. Considered to be Russia’s Silicon Valley, Skolkovo will be home to the laboratories and campuses of Russia’s fast developing IT, biomedical, energy, nuclear and space innovations. Established in 1841, Sberbank is the market leader of the Russian banking and economic circulatory system. At the forefront of process innovations and social responsibility, over 70% of Russia’s population rely on Sberbank’s services.
The 131,000 square metre Sberbank Technopark will become the bank’s cradle of IT innovations, accommodating the 10,000-12,000 people working in Sberbank’s information technology and marketing departments. “These are the people who will be responsible for all the bank’s ‘substance’ – its technical content, its brains,” explains Sberbank President German Gref. Home to the bank’s divisions that develop, implement and ensure the operation of process solutions and breakthrough technologies, Sberbank Technopark’s design evolved from Zaha Hadid Architects’ analysis of the varied work processes and arrangements of the bank’s technology and marketing departments.
The design will enable its workforce to pilot innovations and develop prototypes that deliver inventive, high-quality solutions and applications. Christos Passas, Project Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, said: “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,” continued Passas. German Gref said, “It’s realistic to start building work in 18 months’ time, and the building will take another two years to complete.” Source by Zaha Hadid Architects.
Location: Moscow, Russia
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 Sfeir, 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
Images: Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Article by Marco Rinaldi