Erick van Egeraat won the international competition to design the new Sberbank University back in 2010, and it has now received formal approval from the Moscow regional state expertise. The new corporate university will measure 32,000 square meters (104,986 square feet) when completed.
Sherbank is the oldest and largest state-run bank in Russia. It employs over 250,000 people and has 20,000 branches located across the country.
The new building is being constructed to provide a place for seminars, team-building, and educational programs for the company’s highest-level performers. This bank uses the highest standards for training and coaching purposes, and wanted to bring the same level of quality to its educational facility.
The site chosen for the facility is in a suburban area, which is located close to the Istra River on the north side of the site. Woodlands create a natural border on the south side of the building lot. Erick van Egeraat’s design strikes a balance between embracing the natural elements of the site and creating a functional, modern space.
The facility’s design needed to accommodate space for classrooms and conferences, as well as dormitories for students and housing for teachers (regular staff and guest instructors). The University also includes a club building and sports facilities.
Except for the teachers’ housing, all the building elements are connected by a climate-controlled colonnade for the occupants’ maximum comfort and convenience. The Sberbnak University complex is scheduled to be completed in 2013.
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