Sustainable architecture: First LEED-certified building in Moscow, Russia
Mebe One Khimki Plaza has been recognized as the first LEED-certified building in Moscow after achieving LEED Gold certification in May 2014.
The building has a gross floor area of 44,000 square meters (approximately 474,000 square feet) on 19 floors. Developed by Mebe, a Moscow-based developer and builder of commercial, residential and industrial projects, as a shell and core project with 32,000 square meters (approximately 345,000 square feet) of rentable area, the building offers a rich selection of amenities to its tenants such as a fitness center, bicycle parking, medical infirmary, helipad and electric vehicle charging stations.
The architectural design by John McAslan + Partners sought to create a landmark building as an 84-meter-high (approximately 276 feet) shard of glass with an elegant silhouette. Glass-clad elevators and the curtain-wall façade make use of the building’s location to offer impressive views of the Moscow skyline. Each floor is designed to accommodate roughly 165 persons and make extensive use of daylight—taking advantage of the slim floor layouts dictated by site and zoning requirements.
The initial project brief set out to deliver an energy-efficient, class A building—a goal aggressively followed by the architectural mechanical and electrical designers as well as building systems consultant Büro Happold.
The decision to obtain LEED certification was made at the design development stage, and the development company contracted with Turkish green building consultants. After an initial stage of analysis in which Russian standards were compared with LEED requirements, it was decided that Gold would be achievable with improvements to the mechanical and electrical design as well as to site layout.