Two years after winning the international architectural competition (the late Zaha Hadid's first posthumous win at the time), the ZHA-designed Sberbank Technopark project has been granted planning permission.
The elegantly curved technology hub for one of Russia's biggest banks will rise at the Moscow Skolkovo Innovation Centre, also dubbed the "Silicon Valley of Russia".
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"The 262,000 square metre Sberbank Technopark will become the bank's cradle of IT innovations, accommodating 17,000 people working in Sberbank’s information technology and marketing departments," the architects' project description explains.
"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 detailed analysis of the varied work processes and arrangements within the bank’s technology and marketing departments."
Well, of course it did.
Christos Passas, the project's design director at ZHA, said: "Technopark’s design reconfigures working relationships by adopting a holistic approach to create an inter-connected, multi-functional workplace ecology driven by the bank’s requirements for enhanced communication, interaction and diversification that promotes creativity and engagement."
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher and Christos Passas
ZHA Design Director: Christos Passas
Local Architects: A-projects/KROST Construction, Moscow; Denis Kapralov (General Director) Maxim Blinstein, Philip Simonov (Project Managers) Ekaterina Kuraeva (Arch), Marina Zacharova, Artemy Biktimirov (MEP), Iliya Kozlov, Ivan Labin (Structure) Natalya Bobrovskaya, Anthony Evseev
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