Cutting edge design in the heart of historic Moscow
The new White Square commercial complex is located in the heart of Moscow, where it enjoys convenient access to the nearby Belorusskaya metro station, as well as sitting alongside renowned historical buildings such as the Orthodox Church of St Nikolai the Miracle Maker.
Consisting of three Class A office buildings connected by a three storey underground car park, the site covers a total area of 109,000m2.
BuroHappold Engineering was enlisted to be responsible for the building permit design, tender design and the execution of the project on the construction site. As the site was surrounded by historic buildings, preserving the integrity of the area was vital. To add extra complexity to the project, the site is located above an underground line, so our team had to ensure the foundations of the development did not impact on the trains below.
Our engineers adopted a top down methodology to mitigate any damage to the surrounding historic buildings, carefully identifying potential problems and addressing them early on in the design development stage.
To avoid damaging the metro line below the site, our team led the excavation of the 10,000m2 by 12 m deep area in order to insert a foundation slab with stilts to support the new development. The slab itself had been carefully designed to reduce the ground settlement of the office building, protecting the underground line below and minimising impact on the surrounding area in general. In addition, this method was extremely cost effective, adding further value to our design for the client.
The combined experience of our interdisciplinary team in delivering exemplary solutions for large commercial developments, coupled with our ability to work internationally, enabled us to realise this world class project. The development has already achieved recognition as Best Class A Business Centre at the Commercial Real Estate Moscow Awards 2010, and went on to win Best Business Center of the Year at The Moscow Times Awards 2013.
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