Archdaily Building of the Year 2016 Award finalist (Interior Architecture category)
Shortlisted and High Commended at the INSIDE Festival of Interiors Award (Offices category)
Honourable Mention in The Plan Awards 2015
Company Headquarters for Uralchem occupy one of the top floors of the Imperia Tower, in the new financial and business centre of Moscow City. The building, originally designed as a hotel, presented unusual conditions for housing office spaces, particularly a reduced floor to ceiling height which, in turn, made it difficult to create ample spaces which could reflect the company’s dynamic and relaxed spirit.
The solution for this issue involved the creation of a ceiling system that houses all technical infrastructures (air conditioning, ventilation, acoustics and lighting) and, simultaneously, profoundly alters one’s perception of the space, making it feel taller, larger and more comfortable. The result is a horizontal visual filter based on a matrix of disks, which forms a continuous surface, unifying the space and reflecting natural light – a highly flexible system, easily maintained and altered at a moment’s notice.
The office is organized around a central block of services which functions as a core between departments, with circulation paths around it emphasised by a continuous wooden surface that conceals storage units and door openings. The space is periodically interrupted by glazed partitions, housing directors’ offices, meeting rooms and silent rooms – for individual work or impromptu meetings – in a soundproof environment.