Alfa-Bank Headquarters

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia

  • Client


  • Team

    Designed with SOM, London as Studio Head / Senior Designer

  • Size

    160,000 m² (1,722,100 ft²)
    30 storeys, 215m tall

The Alfa-Bank Headquarters Campus, located at the western gateway to the city, comprises a 30 storey headquarters building and three speculative office buildings, embracing the gridded orchard of apple trees that was purchased as part of the site.  Inspired by the client’s contributions towards the Russian Ballet, the public spaces in-between the efficient rectilinear office volumes are fluid movements of structural “ribbons” that emulate the gestures of a dancer.

Functioning essentially as a centre core building, the headquarters tower is pulled apart to maximise natural light and create a dramatic atrium space.  The atrium is designed to provide a means of natural ventilation with the twisted “ribbon” façade controlling low angle east and west solar gains.  The exterior wall design for the headquarters building is a triple glazed internally ventilated climate wall with shading devices connected to a Building Management System.

The dramatic changes in site level are celebrated through a series of terraces that allows a collection of public spaces to be assembled beneath the signature “ribbons” including cafeteria, conference facilities and gymnasium.