Zaha Hadid completes unique Moscow office block

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has completed work on the Dominion Office Building in Moscow.

The project is located in the south-east of the Russian capital, close to Dubrovka Station.

It is among the first of a series of developments to be built in the area for the growing creative and IT sectors.

The exterior of the 36m-high development was originally conceived as a series of "vertically stacked plates with connecting curved elements". The "off-set floor-plates" are balanced between the opposite sides of the building. In some zones, columns are removed and replaced with transfer beams to increase the uninterrupted floor space for tenants with greater space needs.

A central atrium rises through the seven-storey block bringing natural light into the centre of the building.

The design hopes to create "open connectivity throughout the building" with a "shared space over many levels that encourages interaction between the employees of the companies within the building".

The interior of the building is reminiscent of Dutch artist MC Escher’s 1953 print ‘Relativity‘ as it features what looks like upside-down staircases seemingly eschewing the laws of gravity.

Last week Hadid was awarded the 2016 Royal Gold Medal in recognition of her lifetime’s work and chose to celebrate the occasion by cutting an interview with the BBC short.

The broadcaster later apologised for remarks made about construction deaths in Qatar.

Images via ZHA, photography by Hufton & Crow.

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