ZHA wins first big scheme since death of founder

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has announced its first major project win since the death of its founder at the end of last month.

The firm won an international design competition for the Sberbank Technopark (pictured) at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Moscow.

Sberbank is the largest bank in Russia, and the third largest in Europe. The 130,000 square metre park will accommodate the 12,000 people working in its IT and marketing departments.

Christos Passas, project director at ZHA, said: "The necessity to innovate and collaborate is fundamental to Sberbank’s operations. Our research into interconnected, multifunction environments has driven the Sberbank Technopark design. It responds to the bank’s requirements for enhanced communication, interaction and diversification.

"The design reconfigures working relationships and adopts a holistic approach to creating an engaging environment that offers a diversified range of facilities both internally and externally."

Other firms competing to design the Sberbank Technopark were the UK’s Foster + Partners, Russia’s Speech, America’s Eric Owen Moss Architects and Italy’s Fuksas.

Construction is due to begin in 18 months’ time and will be completed two years later.

Skolkovo will be home to the laboratories and campuses of Russia’s fast developing IT, biomedical, energy, nuclear and space innovations industries.

ZHA recently announced that the firm will continue in the wake of Hadid’s death, the firm recently opened a maritime terminal in Italy.

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