On Bolotny Island, in the city centre of Moscow, sits the GUTA headquarter project. This area is located on the main axis of the pedestrian bridge, facing the rebuild Christ the Saviour church on the opposite side of Moscow river. Next to this headquarter EEA designed a square enclosed by new buildings, known as the Russian Art Hotel. This square references to the church’s interior atmosphere. The buildings around follow the scale and texture of the surrounding urban area. The headquarters’ most prominent references to the Russian churches are the cupolas and modernist examples of its formal descendants.
Creating a high-tech, significant, 21st century headquarters is the main objective, along with relating to the historical surrounding and the strong character of the church. The concept of the design is a flexible building layout that in time allows for the partial renting out for commercial use. The building consists of three domes with two cores, making it possible to divide the building between two tenants. The first and second floor have a semi-public function, creating a connection with the river front and the bridge level as well as providing an entrance for the upper floor’s office areas.
On the top floors are a restaurant, café, VIP lounge and board room which exploit the marvellous view of the city. The building is predominantly executed in glass, the outside structure together with the cores, situated in the intersection of the domes, forms the load bearing structure of the building. The expansive use of glass creates a light character and as such expresses the 21st century character of the building.