Zaha Hadid Architects get the greenlight in Russia

Nick Myall
Thursday 21 Jun 2018

The 262,000 square metre Sberbank Technopark is set to become a cradle of IT innovation

Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Moscow has been awarded planning permission, receiving the ‘State Expertise’ certification from the city’s planning authority for its innovative design that includes large communal spaces, atria and cantilevered facades.

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, enabling works have now begun on the Sberbank Technopark site, with shortlisted contractors soon to be invited to tender for the project’s construction. Established in 1841, Sberbank is the market leader of the Russian banking and economic circulatory system. At the forefront of process innovations and social responsibility, over 70% of Russia’s population rely on Sberbank’s services.

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.

“These are the people who will be responsible for all the bank’s ‘substance’ – its technical content, its brains,” explains Sberbank President German Gref.

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.

Technopark's design will encourage teams to collaborate and pilot innovations that deliver inventive, high-quality solutions and applications. Christos Passas, project director at Zaha Hadid Architects, said: “We are delighted to have received planning permission for this ambitious project.

"The necessity to innovate and collaborate within the workplace environment is fundamental to Sberbank’s operations," continued Passas. "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.”

Considered to be Russia’s Silicon Valley, Skolkovo is Moscow's new centre for the laboratories and campuses of Russia’s fast developing IT, biomedical, energy, nuclear and space innovations.

Nick Myall

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