Established in 1841, Sberbank is the market leader of the Russian banking and economic circulatory system. At the forefront of process innovations and social responsibility, over 70% of Russia’s population rely on Sberbank’s services. The 262,000 square metre Technopark will become the bank's cradle of IT innovations, accommodating 17,000 people working in Sberbank’s information technology and marketing departments. “These are the people who will be responsible for all the bank’s ‘substance’ – its technical content, its brains,” explained Sberbank President German Gref. Home to the bank’s divisions that develop, implement and ensure the operation of process solutions and breakthrough technologies, Sberbank Technopark’s design evolved from detailed analysis of the varied work processes and arrangements within the bank’s technology and marketing departments. Christos Passas, project director at Zaha Hadid Architects, said: “The necessity to innovate and collaborate within the workplace environment is fundamental to Sberbank’s operations. Technopark’s design reconfigures working relationships by adopting a holistic approach to create an inter-connected, multi-functional workplace ecology driven by the bank’s requirements for enhanced communication, interaction and diversification that promotes creativity and engagement.” Considered to be Russia’s Silicon Valley, Skolkovo is Moscow's new centre for the laboratories and campuses of Russia’s fast developing IT, biomedical, energy, nuclear & space innovations.