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.
Following the enabling works, shortlisted contractors will soon be invived to tender for the project’s construction.
Sberbank has been the epicentre for Russian banking and economics since it was established in 1841. Its 262,000 square metre Sberbank Technopark will be the hub for IT innovations whilst accommodating 17,000 workers and their offices.
“These are the people who will be responsible for all the bank’s ‘substance’ – its technical content, its brains,” explains Sberbank President German Gref.
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.