The host building contains all necessary support spaces as if it was an independent building. The loft buildings leverage the adjacent host building’s core functions including vertical circulation and bathrooms. As a result, the core spaces within the loft buildings can be reduced in size. This reduction provides additional open laboratory space to allow for greater flexibility.

Within the University there are five research areas, Biomedical, Nuclear, Energy, Space and Information Science. To leverage collaboration between the research areas as well as enable future growth, shared program such as the machine shops and cleanroom are located centrally. Cross pollination between research areas is further reinforced by the interconnected nature of the basement and second floor. 



Skolkovo University
Institute of Science and Technology Master Plan

Moscow / Russian Federation


2.1 Million GSF

In September 2011, Payette was retained by the Skolkovo Foundation to provide a detailed qualitative and quantitative Project Brief, or program, for the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology just outside of Moscow, Russia. The Institute will be the future home for five major areas of investigation: energy, biomedical, information, space and nuclear science and engineering.

Our work was built upon an earlier conceptual program that was developed by Maxmakers, a Swiss firm, and Dober Lidsky Mathey of Boston. Our completed program was the result of a four month effort working with high level researchers and educators at MIT and an international group of peer researchers and educators from Europe and Russia. Where specific faculty could not be identified, Payette used our firm’s experience  to fill in the gaps and envision the future programmatic trends and directions within the client’s five focus areas. This combined effort resulted in a detailed program for the two million square foot complex.

In addition to the detailed program, Payette developed flexible laboratory prototypes and basic core facilities and programmatic blocking and stacking approaches that could test and inform a site master planning study that was concurrently being developed by Herzog & de Meuron of Basel, Switzerland.

At the conclusion of the programming and master planning efforts, the Skolkovo Foundation retained a joint team of Arup / Herzog & de Meuron / Payette to advance the design of the project. Construction began on the first phase, which consists of approximately 1,300,000 SF, in early 2014.   

Fit-out design: Institute of Science and Technology

In collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron, Design Architect
Exterior rendering © Herzog & de Meuron

James H. Collins, Jr. FAIA, LEED AP

Jeffrey H. DeGregorio, AIA, LEED AP
Project Manager/Architect