Saturday, December 16, 2017

Designs unveiled for RMK Copper headquarters in Yekaterinburg

Last week, Russian Copper Company--or RMK--released artist renderings of its new sustainable headquarters building in Yekaterinburg.

The proposed 13-story building, designed by international firm Foster + Partners, features modular office units aimed at enhancing the structure's energy efficiency.

The entrance of the building will feature a lobby with 40-foot ceilings, as well as a series of visitor lounges with windows that overlook the nearby grounds.

Past the lobby and visitors lounges, the work areas are large and open for collaborative projects. Further inside, there are smaller offices and conference rooms.

The modular offices are constructed to receive the maximum amount of sunlight during the work day to promote concentration among employees. Each module is two stories and features a pair of offices, one on top of the other. They are arranged around a central hallway, which contains a breakout space and lounge seating areas with views of the city.

Foster + Partners chose to use wood, stone, metal and glass features in their interior palette for the headquarters to provide a warm and open feel. Indirect lighting is piped through the building while the sun is down--an alternative to desk lamps.

The RMK copper campus is situated next to a public park and overlooks the city of Yekaterinburg and the river. The area surrounding the headquarters also offers a private garden for the staff. An employee gym, sauna and dining room is also on the campus.

"This is a great example of our integrated approach," Foster + Partners Executive Partner Luke Fox said. "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 organization."