Scott Brownrigg enters Russian market with design for Skolkovo Park in Moscow


International design practice, Scott Brownrigg has entered the Russian market with a competition-winning masterplan and architectural design for Skolkovo Park on the outskirts of Moscow.   Designed for client, Millhouse LLC, the business park is destined to become one of the premier business parks in Russia. It is located close to the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, which will provide a sustainable setting for Blue Chip businesses from across the world. 

Located in a natural area 15km South West of central Moscow, overlooking the Setun River, the 104,000 sq m park, the first in Russia to be BREEAM Excellent rated, will provide an exceptional and inspirational working environment for over 10,000 workers, securing recognition globally as a benchmark for future business park design. 

The principal entrance to the park is through a distinctive sculptural set of 25m high bronze blades leading to six 14,300 sq m office buildings, which each incorporate six-storey’s above ground level and two basement levels, designed sequentially around a central landscaped park.

The site’s natural attributes have allowed for the creation of an environment which successfully integrates the buildings into a landscape of water and woodland with each building being positioned and orientated to either have a view of the central landscaped area and the infinity pools or the park.

The flexible design layout allows for sub-division through use, or total unification of the site into a single business campus. 

The buildings are principally clad in unitised curtain walling modules with double glazed panels and anodised aluminium cappings.  A natural stone clad composite wall panel of aluminium honeycomb core has also been used as well as recessed coffered spandrel panels with integral insulation and anodised aluminium to match the curtain walling.

Part of the strategy to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating for the Business Park is to utilise ice stored below ground. The cool air will be passively and gradually released throughout the day throughout the buildings. Heating will be provided from the district heating system which will serve the extended masterplan for the entire area of Skolkovo.

The development incorporates above and below ground multi-storey car parks and 10,000 sq m of retail.

The arrangement of buildings, roads and parking within the landscape follows an ‘urban-rural’

concept: concentrating the development into an ‘urban’ group of buildings has allowed the

masterplan to release an optimum amount of the site as ‘rural’ landscape.  The masterplan , considers the experience of arrival, quality landscape, social interaction, the retail experience, the wider Skolkovo context and how the buildings and setting will combine and appear to define a language of restrained elegance.

The flexible layout allows for sub-division through use, or total unification of the site into a single business campus. 

The scheme, which start on site this month, is one of a number of opportunities within Russia that Scott Brownrigg is undertaking, and supports its global expansion strategy; the practice has recently opened an office in Singapore to support its work in South East Asia, whilst an office in Zagreb, Croatia was opened in 2011 to support Eastern Europe work.