Zaha Hadid completes Dominion Office Building in Moscow

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Zaha Hadid completes Moscow office block with jutting floors and monochromatic atrium

Zaha Hadid has created a seven-storey office block in Moscow for the city's growing IT and creative sectors, with off-set floor plates and a dramatic black-and-white atrium (+ slideshow).

Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid

Designed by the London-based architect to provide offices for startup companies, the Dominion Office Building stands in a residential and industrial area near Dubrovka metro station in the south-east of the city.

Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid

The white floor slabs of the 36-metre-tall building on Sharikopodshipnikovskaya Street are unevenly stacked, creating irregular protrusions.

Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid

Joins between the sections of the floor slabs and in the glazing that wraps each floor form a grid pattern across the facade.

Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid

Staircases with white balustrades and shiny black treads diagonally crisscross an atrium in the centre of the building. Curving balconies overlook the void from each floor, creating a similar sculptural effect to the staircases in Hadid's MAXXI museum in Rome.

Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid

"Conceived as a series of vertically stacked plates off-set at each level with connecting curved elements, a central atrium rises through all levels to bring natural light into the centre of the building," said Zaha Hadid Architects.

"Balconies at each level project into the atrium and correspond to the displacement of the outer envelope and a series of staircases interconnect through this central space."

Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid

The building, which has seven storeys above ground and two floors below for car parking, also includes a restaurant and conference facilities. It has a 62-metre by 50.5-metre footprint, with a 21,184-square-metre floor plan that is predominantly occupied by offices.

These are arranged against the glazed facades on each of the seven upper floors, while service spaces including fire escapes, lifts and toilets are set around the edge of the central void.

Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid

Glass doors separate the offices from meeting spots located on the balconies and allow natural light to filter through from the atrium.

Further meeting spaces and a restaurant occupy the ground floor, creating a social space for the startup companies that will share offices in the building.

Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid

"The atrium becomes a shared space over many levels that encourages interaction between the employees of the companies within the building," said the firm. "This integration also encourages collaboration between companies of different services and disciplines."

"Many IT and creative industry startup companies regard this collective research culture as vital for progress and development, and the design of the Dominion Office Building reinforces this concept with open connectivity throughout the building."

Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid

Black stripes spread across the white floor of the lobby from doorways and entrance barriers, appearing as elongated shadows.

Hadid was named the 2016 recipient of the Royal Gold Medal for architecture last week, making her the first female to be awarded the prize in her own right.

Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid

Hadid cut short a live BBC radio interview following the announcement due to a poorly researched question by presenter Sarah Montague, in which she incorrectly attributed 1,200 deaths to the construction of the architect's Al Wakrah stadium for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar. The BBC has since issued a personal apology to Hadid for the inaccuracy.

Photography is by Hufton + Crow.


Project credits:

Client: Peresvet Group / Dominion-M Ltd.
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design (ZHA): Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
Design director (ZHA): Christos Passas
Project architects (ZHA): Kwanphil Cho, Veronika Ilinskaya
Interior design team (ZHA): Emily Rohrer, Raul Forsoni, Kwanphil Cho, Veronika Ilinskaya
Contributors (ZHA): Hussam Chakouf, Reza Esmaeeli, Thomas Frings
Art Installation (ZHA): Bruno Pereira
Local architect: AB Elis Ltd
Facade consultant: Ove Arup London
UK Structural Engineer: Mosproject
Concrete engineer: PSK Stroiltel Promstroicontract MEP
General Contractor: Stroigroup
Electrical MEP: Novie Energiticheskie Reshenia
Facade contractor: StroyBit
Facade contractor: Prostie reshenia/ALUCOBONDTM
Glazing contractor: MDK Stroi
Interior contractor: LCC Contractcity

Concept design (ZHA)
Design director: Christos Passas
Project architect: Yevgeniy Beylkin
Design team: Juan Ignacio Aranguren C, Yevgeniy Beylkin, Simon Kim, Agnes Koltay, Larisa Henke, Tetsuya Yamazaki

Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid
Ground floor plan – click for larger image
Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid
Third floor plan – click for larger image
Dominion Office Building, Moscow by Zaha Hadid
Section – click for larger image