RANEPA public space, Moscow | Общественные пространства РАНХиГС, Москва

RIBA stages 0-4
Year 2015-2016
Project area 6900 sq m
Project budget confidential

The large main campus for the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in southern Moscow comprises of a series of tough and austere soviet buildings designed by Mikhail Posokhin between 1972 and 1988. The faculty buildings are generous in scale with a clear organization structure of courtyards and geometric circulation spaces linking repetitive cellular teaching rooms. Like many late-soviet institutional buildings the large open public and circulation spaces were no doubt intended to host social activities and events yet within a rigid functional and aesthetic hierarchy.

Following a detailed and complex appraisal of the original design language, and disjointed current methods of occupation, the objective of the project was to identify a strategy for a considered renewal of the building fabric and internal public spaces. This required the development of a contemporary language of elements, finishes and furniture that could bridge between the latent value of the buildings and the needs for a contemporary and professional education environment. The project includes the renewal of all foyer and public spaces, lecture theatres and the introduction of new commercial and social functions for students and visitors.

New entrance and reception space

Ground floor axonometric

Exhibition and foyer spaces

Typical floor axonometric

Entrance foyer with cafe bar

View of self-service cafe, signage and lift enclosure

Upper level open working spaces

Bookshop and informal working hub

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