Today, ZHA revealed that it has won a competition to design the Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moscow. This 131,000-square-meter (1,410,072-square-foot) office and techonology hub will house 10,000-12,000 employees working in the Russian answer to Silicon Valley on IT solutions for Sberbank, a Russian banking company. In ZHA's release announcing the competition victory, Christos Passas, a project director at the firm, spoke of how ZHA's design responded to a thirst for innovation: “The necessity to innovate and collaborate is fundamental to Sberbank’s operations," Passas said in the release. Our research into interconnected, multi-function environments has driven the Sberbank Technopark design. It responds to the bank’s requirements for enhanced communication, interaction and diversification. The design reconfigures working relationships and adopts a holistic approach to creating an engaging environment that offers a diversified range of facilities both internally and externally.”
ZHA also announced the inauguration of the Salerno Maritime Terminal in Salerno, Italy on April 25. The new terminal accommodates local and international ferries and includes lounges and retail spaces in addition to its terminal functions of security, passport control, and luggage handling. The three-story, 4,500-square-meter (48438-square-foot) Salerno Maritime Terminal According was part of a 1993 plan for the city of Salerno, and ZHA won its commission in 2000. The terminal blends the transition from land to sea and is expected to enable arrivals of up to 500,000 additional yearly passengers at the port of Salerno. According to a release issued by the firm, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi visited the new terminal to mark its opening. “This extraordinary work adds to everything Salerno is doing to transform itself and I think it is marvellous," Renzi said in the release. "It is also a way of remembering the great architect that Zaha Hadid was.”
Earlier this week, ZHA began construction on NürnbergMesse Hall 3C, in Nuremberg, Germany, which continues work the firm had done for the complex of exhibition spaces with NürnbergMesse Hall 3A, completed in 2014. The trapezoidal 10,000-square-meter (107,639-square-foot) hall will feature extensive façade glazing to allow natural light inside as well as an inclined roof to produce acoustic and environmental benefit. Hall 3C is expected to open at the end of 2018.
Despite a recent Miami Herald report that the city of Miami Beach will no longer construct ZHA's Collins Park garage in Miami, the firm's work continues with more than 36 projects underway in 21 countries. ZHA remains committed to seeing those projects through to completion, which will add to Hadid's legacy of built work for many years to come. In addition to the Salerno Maritime Terminal, three other ZHA projects are due to be completed this year, including the Mathematics Gallery at the Science Museum in London.
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