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It has been revealed that Zaha Hadid Architect’s competition proposal to build the technopark for Russian Bank Sberbank has beat out schemes submitted by firms such as Foster+Partners and Fuksas. To be located at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre – Russia’s equivalent to Silicon Valley – in Moscow, the vast facility will be home to the laboratories and campuses of Russia’s growing IT, biomedical, energy, nuclear and space innovations.
The total area at 131,000 square meters will become the Russian Bank’s headquarters for developing IT and accommodate around 10,000-12,000 people working in the departments of information technology and marketing.
‘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.‘ Comments Christos Passas, Project Director at ZHA.
The large-scale development has been given the go-ahead with construction to begin in 18 months time and estimated to take two years to complete. ‘The incredible belief in the power of invention attracted Zaha Hadid to the Russian avant-garde. She realised how architecture can enrich creativity; how space itself can enhance dynamism, complexity, coherence and continuity. these principles are embedded within the sberbank technopark design,’continues passas.