Foster + Partners reveals designs of RMK headquarters

10 July 2014 (Last Updated July 10th, 2014 18:30)

UK-based architectural firm Foster + Partners has revealed the designs of new headquarters for Russian copper producer Russkaya Mednaya Kompaniya (RMK).

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UK-based architectural firm Foster + Partners has revealed the designs of new headquarters for Russian copper producer Russkaya Mednaya Kompaniya (RMK).

Located in Yekaterinburg, Russia, the 13-storey modular building features two-storey modules, a 12m-high lobby, visitor lounges and displays highlighting RMK products.

The design team worked alongside the workplace consultancy group and in-house engineering teams to build a modular structure with domestic style rooms, rather than large and open workspaces.

Each two-storey module of the building houses a pair of offices that are stacked one upon the other, whereas the modules themselves are stacked in rows on either side of the central hallway.

The building's facade is made of triple-glazing and triangular bronze-coloured steel panels, and each two-storey office module is covered by a cladding unit.

Together, they help maintain a normal temperature inside even during high and low temperatures outside, Foster + Partners said.

"The 13-storey modular building features two-storey modules, a 12m-high lobby, visitor lounges and displays highlighting RMK products."

Interiors of the building have been designed with materials featuring palettes of wood, stone and textiles in natural tones, whereas the interiors of the office walls are designed with faceted glass.

Designers also changed the lighting system from conventional down-lighting to task lights and indirect lighting, which creates a softer atmosphere. The building is energy efficient and designed to provide natural daylight for workers inside.

The building also includes a gym, sauna, meeting spaces, dining room and a flexible space on the thirteenth floor for company-wide gatherings and events.

Foster + Partners senior executive partner Luke Fox said: "This is a great example of our integrated approach. Our architects and our in-house specialist disciplines have worked closely together as a single team to create a truly integrated solution that is both perfectly tailored to RMK's needs, and provides a powerful new symbol for their organisation."


Image: An interior view of the new RMK headquarters in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Photo: courtesy of Foster + Partners.