Designs for the headquarters of Russian company RMK, one of the world’s leading producers of copper, were released last Tuesday by British architecture firm Foster + Partners.
The plan for the building in Yekaterinburg is to rethink the conventional cellular office and tailor it to how RMK operates. The interiors consist of more intimate, domestic scaled workspaces instead of the currently popular large open space.
The façade, made up of triple-glazing and triangular bronze-colored steel panels, will appear to be subtly changing according to the season and path of the sun.
In anticipation of the city’s dramatic temperature shifts between seasons, the solid and glazed areas are designed to maximize the scarce winter sun while blocking the heat of direct sunlight during the summer.
The firm designed both the architecture and interior elements using warm, tactile materials in palettes of wood, stone, and textiles in natural tones.
"This is a great example of our integrated approach," said Luke Fox, Executive Partner at Foster + Partners. "Our architects and our in-house specialists 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."