Adjaye Associates was briefed to design a building that would accommodate, reflect and promote the innovatory practice-based approach to management of the Moscow International Business School. Due to its peripheral location, most visitors arrive by car and for day-to day purposes, the School functions as an independent community. This condition is further heightened in the winter months when the weather is cold and unpleasant.
For this reason, the main elements of the School are assembled as a single entity in which a range of facilities are internally connected and made accessible without going outside.Apart from teaching and administrative staff, the School is attended by students doing ongoing courses, who stay in the long term accommodation and people on short courses or attending conferences, who stay in the short term accommodation.
The core of the building is the Disc where suites of teaching spaces, a congress centre, and supporting facilities form an internal cityscape bounded by a circular enclosure, an arrangement, which is intended to suggest openness, cohesion and an absence of hierarchy. Its roof supports the Wellness Centre, the Administration Tower and residential buildings.
Externally, the walls of the Disc address the surrounding landscape with unbroken continuity and locate the access road, which serves a series of entrances at ground level. Pedestrian access to the Disc is also possible via several slow ramps from various points in the landscape. This arrangement works to preserve he landscape of the Setun River.
MATERIALSPre-cast concrete / Concrete / Mirrored/Coloured Steel / Clear/Coloured/Sandblasted glass / Aluminium.