MICHAEL BELTON: “WHEN WE DESIGNED THE COMPLEX, UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE INTERESTS OF TWO CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE: RESIDENTS AND EMPLOYEES OF OFFICE CENTER”
The international development company Wainbridge is building a large multifunctional complex AQUATORIA on the Leningradskoye Shosse. The total project area is 180,000 square meters. m, the commercial part – 64,000 square meters. m. The project announced a class A business center. On how the company plans to distinguish between the residential and commercial functions of the complex, CRE talked with President of the company Michael Belton. – Michael, tell us how you plan to organize and distinguish between the business space and the residential part in the IFC? – IFC AQUATORIA includes two main parts: a business center and a residential one. Of course, when we designed the complex, we realized that we were pushing our foreheads into two categories of people: residents and employees of the office center. Therefore, the most important task was the breeding of these flows. But, having studied the transport situation and the overall picture of passenger traffic, we realized that there is no problem as such, more precisely, it is solved naturally through fluctuations in activity during the day. But we helped build the navigation inside the complex so that no one would feel any inconvenience or discomfort. In the morning hours, a stream of business center employees will be sent to AQUATORIA and an outflow of residents of the residential complex going to work will go. At the same time, infrastructure facilities are loaded throughout the day. In addition, the project is geographically divided: office buildings are located in the northern part, and four residential buildings in the southern part, and each has its own parking zone and separate infrastructure. Such a concentration of various functions, on the one hand, provides residents and employees with everything necessary, and on the other hand, creates the need to separate pedestrian and traffic flows for security and privacy purposes. – Tell us in more detail how you delimited the parking area? “We designed the multifunctional complex in such a way that the office and residential parts have separate entrances to the underground parking, and the parking zones are delimited and have individual access control. Access to infrastructure for internal users is provided both through parking and from the street. Residents of the complex will be able to get to the supermarket and fitness center without leaving the buildings, and guests of the complex will use the external entrance, near which we will create a separate ground parking. – And how did you spread the infrastructure component between residents and employees? After all, they need different spaces. How to make sure that the employees of the business center do not leave, for example, their cars in the yards, and mothers and children don’t go to office cafes and restaurants for buns and coffee (where, for example, business meetings can take place)? – We divided the entire project area into two levels – private and public. The private part is located on the stylobate, access to which will only be available to residents of IFC AQUATORIA. Due to the fact that there will be a business center nearby, the urgent question arose of preventing employees from leaving their cars in yards. Today, for many projects, this problem is urgent. For example, all the yards at the extreme metro stations are packed with cars from Monday to Friday. We do not want to see such a situation in our project, so we completely exempted the local area from the passage of cars: only linear objects for residents – sports and playgrounds, recreation areas, a kindergarten, etc. will be placed here. As for the business center, on the lower floors of the building, all the necessary facilities are designed – a dining room for employees, cozy cafes and restaurants, ATMs, a conference room, meeting rooms and sports facilities. – IFC plans to create a common space – the embankment. Will it somehow be zoned to the business / children’s / residential / sports parts? – The recreational area of the IFC combines two well-equipped embankments at once: ours and the embankment located next to BP River City. This single space with a length of about 700 m will make the project a flagship in the development of the embankments of the Khimki reservoir. There are cafes and restaurants, shops, a beauty salon and medical services along the coastline. This is exactly the level that is accessible to everyone: residents, employees and guests of IFC AQUATORIA. In addition, a recreation area will appear in the northern part of the site, which will connect the project with the nearby Khimki forest park and the city beach. – You have more than 600 apartments declared in the project, will you build social infrastructure here? What is your load? – The project site is large, 5 hectares, we have where to turn around, and the residents will also be spacious. Of course, we have designed a kindergarten and a full-cycle school with 300 seats, a medical center. There will be no shortage of walking areas and leisure points.