Architecture, Moscow, Technopark, Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Technopark in Moscow receives planning permission

Zaha Hadid Architects has received planning permission to build its design for the Technopark for Russian bank, Sberbank.

The firm’s competition proposal beat submissions from other firms including Foster + Partners and Fuksas, offering a “holistic approach to creating an engaging environment”.

Located at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, the large-scale facility is the equivalent of Silicon Oasis in Moscow and is set to house laboratories, and various campuses promoting IT, biomedical, energy, nuclear and space innovations.

ZHA’s proposal includes large communal spaces, atria and cantilevered facades, and has received the ‘state expertise’ certification from the city’s planning authority for its innovative design.

The necessity to innovate and collaborate is fundamental to Sberbank’s operations, said Christos Passas, project director at ZHA.

“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.”

“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”, Passas added.

Construction on the development will begin in 18 months and is estimated to take two years to be completed.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Morpheus hotel in Macau was recently completed, and features the world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton.