Photography by Hufton + Crow
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the ‘Dominion Office Building’ is among the first realised structures to be built for Moscow’s emerging Yuzhnoportovy district. Internally, the scheme is conceived as a series of vertically stacked floorplates arranged around a atrium, which rises through the building. Balconies at each level correspond to the displacement of the outer envelope, while a series of staircases interconnect through this central void.
Owing to the building’s programmatic layout — with a ground floor restaurant adjoining the outdoor terrace — the atrium becomes a shared space that encourages interaction between the employees of the building’s various companies. As many IT and creative industry start-ups regard this research culture as important for progress and development, this integration also serves to encourage collaboration between companies of different services and disciplines. Offices are arranged within a system of standard rectilinear bays that provide space for small, expanding or large companies.