Sber HQ named best office interior in Russia

Dec 17, 2020

Sberbank’s office located on Kutuzovsky Prospect has won the world’s largest International Property Awards, which recognized the project as the winner of Best Office Interior Russia 2020/2021 and Best Office Interior Moscow, Russia 2020/2021.

Sber’s HQ comprises five buildings – two are fully operational and have employees working inside, and three more are currently under construction.

The work on the Sber HQ project opened up a unique opportunity for the architects to create a design concept based on the functional diagram of the building as a whole. When creating the concept and organizing the interior, the very structure of the existing building with a glazed inner atrium passing through nine floors of a 10-story building was taken as the foundation, while the atrium became the central element tying the entire space together and being its focal point.

Sberbank is a leading organization not only in banking but also in how it arranges the work of its employees. We have carried out the largest agile transformation in the world and now more than 30,000 of our employees work this way. When planning our new space, we wanted every corner of it to be aligned with contemporary models of organizing project team work. So that the atmosphere and structure of each zone would contribute to effective work while being comfortable for relaxation or privacy you might need and allow each person to bring one’s ‘A’ game.

Stanislav Kuznetsov

Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, Sberbank

The office is a flexible space that accommodates workplaces, a mixed-use hall for 500 seats, meeting rooms, a coworking area, a cafeteria for 400 people with a full technological cycle and the Kitchens of the World concept. Also, the office has a large number of recreation areas where employees can communicate informally and just relax; it also has relaxation rooms with massage chairs and areas for quiet work where you can concentrate.

The office utilizes a Smart Home system, which allows you to adjust the air temperature, humidity, and illumination inside the building.

When choosing materials, an environmentally friendly approach was fundamental — all materials are eco-certified. The use of acoustic fleece and sound-absorbing panels resulted in acoustic comfort, which is especially relevant for open spaces. Each workplace has a smart light with a built-in presence sensor, which also reacts to changes in daylight during the day and creates the most comfortable lighting scenario for the user’s work.

Particular attention was paid to the arrangement of green areas. A huge number of living green plants are integrated into the furniture, which creates additional coziness and a healthy environment with good vibes for the entire office space. On top of that, you get the feeling of a green oasis thanks to the two largest green walls in Moscow with living plants over 20 meters high.

The Sberbank Headquarters project had previously received the Grand Prix of the Best Office Awards twice, in 2018 and in October 2020. The award is Russia’s main corporate interior design award for professionals.

In 2020, the Sberbank Headquarters project has won a platinum prize at A’DESIGN AWARD & COMPETITION, an international design and innovation competition.

The International Property Awards was founded in England in 1994 being the largest real estate awards program in the world, attracting over 2,000 participants annually. To maintain the high standards of the competition, only select firms take part in it after receiving special invitations. More than 80 independent judges and four chairpersons select the winners in each category, who then compete to receive the 5-star award and be recognized as the best of the best.