Foster + Partners has revealed its design of headquarters for RMK, a leading producer of copper-based in Yekaterinburg, Russia. In lieu of large, open workspaces, RMK envisioned a “house for staff” that incorporated more intimately scaled offices. To that end, Foster+Partners conceptualized two-story modules comprising a pair of offices stacked on top of each other. The units are arranged in rows on either side of a central hallway, which functions as breakout space with lounge seating and city views.
The interior palette of wood, stone, and textile the natural tones further contribute to the offices’ domestic feel, as do task, indirect, and natural lighting, which replace conventional downlighting.
The building’s triangular form takes its cues from the chemical structure of copper. Bronze-colored steel panels, textured to create a subtle patina, clad each office unit. A balance of solid and glazed areas on the façade maximizes low-level winter sun and block the heat of summer’s direct sunlight. The 39-foot-tall lobby is flanked by visitor lounges and product displays, while the top floor functions as a flexible space for company-wide gatherings and events. The junctions between the interior office walls’ faceted glass panels are made of metal to echo and invert the building’s exterior