Uralchem Headquarters - View of the open space work area

Uralchem Headquarters

Moscow, Russia

Company headquarters for Uralchem occupy a floor in the Imperia Tower, located in Moscow’s new financial and commercial centre, with the project’s conception centred on the creation of ideal working conditions for the company’s staff, while reflecting its dynamic, relaxed and youthful spirit.

Uralchem Headquarters - View of the reception
Uralchem Headquarters - Reception with moving partitions sequence
Uralchem Headquarters - Reception with moving partitions sequence
Uralchem Headquarters - Reception with moving partitions sequence

The building was originally developed to house a hotel, and, as such, presented less than ideal conditions for an office space. Chief amongst the issues presented was the low floor to ceiling height, which made creating large open spaces difficult. This led to a fundamental question: how can we make the space appear higher than it really is? Having identified this problem, an effort was made to develop a solution that could turn it into an opportunity, resulting in a unique proposal for the ceiling system.

Uralchem Headquarters - View of existing building before construction began
Uralchem Headquarters - View of the open space work area
Uralchem Headquarters - View of the open space work area

The ceiling is composed of white circular discs that form a continuous surface, unifying the space and reflecting natural light. Artificial lighting is incorporated into this system, as well as ventilation and air conditioning. The result is a flexible set of easily replaceable pieces that allows quick access to the infrastructure it conceals, while minimizing the impact of the low ceiling height. In order to ensure the system’s operation, prototypes were developed in Innsbruck, Austria all the way up to final production, which took place in Ankara, Turkey. The result is an efficient answer to the initial problem, and the central element in the space’s aesthetic.

Uralchem Headquarters - Partial section
Uralchem Headquarters - View of the core volume with wood panelling
Uralchem Headquarters - View of the core volume with wood panelling

Functionally, the office is organized a central volume housing core services shared amongst departments, with circulation paths around it emphasized by a continuous wooden surface that conceals doors and storage.

Uralchem Headquarters - View of the lounge area

Different workspaces were conceived according to the company’s structure and practices, as well as leisure areas designed to promote the relationship between colleagues and the sharing of experience.

Uralchem Headquarters - View of private management office
Uralchem Headquarters - View of corridor and management lounge
Uralchem Headquarters - View of management area toilet
Uralchem Headquarters - View of private management office
Uralchem Headquarters - View of glass partitions along work area

In order to shield them from the noise of the busy open space areas, the administrative offices, meeting rooms and silent rooms were incorporated into irregular glass partitions, allowing for a soundproof environment.

Uralchem Headquarters - View of glass partitions along open space

The project’s carefully custom made solutions result in a comfortable working environment which promotes its users’ well-being and productivity.

Uralchem Headquarters - View of meeting room
Uralchem Headquarters - View of access elevator lobby

Client

Uralchem

Status

Built

Project date

2012-2013

Construction date

2014

Construction area

3.307 m2

Awards

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

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