Rising in Russia: Zaha Hadid's Dominion Tower unveiled in Moscow
The project, which broke ground in 2012 and was unveiled alongside the Peresvet Group last week, is the first of the new projects to be built for the growing creative and IT sectors in Moscow's southeastern corner.
Located next to tram and trolleybus stops near Dubrovka Station, the vertically stacked off-set plates rise like a solid Tetris tower, square boxes piled up in neat – if seemingly precarious – unison. Inside, curved elements connect the fabric of the building; a central atrium rising through all levels to flood the hearth with natural light. The building itself has nine floors (seven of which are for offices and two basement levels) creating 21,184 sq m of floor space.
'Balconies at each level project into the atrium, corresponding to the displacement of the outer envelope,' explains the architectural practice. A series of staircases interconnect through this central space, making it look like a real life rendition of MC Escher's famous drawings.
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 larger tenants or public programmes,' say the architects.
On the ground floor, a restaurant and coffee area – along with the relaxation zones on balconies – are meant to encourage interaction between employees and disciplines. Office spaces are arranged within a system of standard rectilinear bays, offering possibilities for small, expanding or larger companies as needed. The overriding concept is one of open connectivity, aiming to fuel the collective research culture and development of the companies that will take up residency here.