Zaha Hadid Architects has just received planning permission for their design of Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Moscow, a 400-hectare, government-supported high technology business district known as Russia’s ‘Silicon Valley.’ The building was designed with Zaha Hadid Architects’ iconic curves, which give the massive structure a futuristic and spaceship-like appearance. The building will accommodate 17,000 people working in Sberbank’s information technology and marketing components.
The Sberbank Technopark was commissioned by the eponymous state-owned Russian banking and financial services company headquartered in Moscow. Over 70 percent of Russia’s population relies on Sberbank’s services. Designed with dramatic cantilevered facades, the Sberbank Technopark sprawls out over 2.8 million square feet and serves as the bank’s hub for IT innovation. “These are the people who will be responsible for all the bank’s ‘substance’ – its technical content, its brains,” says Sberbank President German Gref.
Zaha Hadid Architects designed the Technopark to facilitate collaborative thinking and innovation—such as large communal spaces and light-filled atria—following extensive analysis of current work processes in the bank’s technology and marketing departments. “The necessity to innovate and collaborate within the workplace environment is fundamental to Sberbank’s operations,” says Christos Passas, project director at Zaha Hadid Architects. “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.”
The Sberbank Technopark has received the ‘State Expertise’ certification from the city’s planning authority. Construction on the project is slated to begin in the near future.
Renderings by Anima, VA, and ZHA; Photography by Skolkovo Innovation Centre