Public, Private, Green

Working with NBBJ, the Uralkali Corporation determined to make a positive impact on the city of Berezniki by locating its new headquarters in the city’s central park, and by refurbishing this public space to the benefit of all.

The Uralkali Corporation, located in the remote Russian city of Berezniki, is the world’s leading producer of potash, a mineral mined for use as an agricultural fertilizer. The company had committed to building a new world headquarters in Berezniki, yet saw that the city’s central park had declined due to poor maintenance and a lack of public funding. In response, Uralkali partnered with the city, siting its new headquarters in the southeastern corner of the park, and committing financial resources to implement a new vision for the park’s improvement.

The headquarters architecture takes the form of a hollowed-out square that houses executive offices, floating above two ground-level wings – an office and conference-center wing to the south, and a hotel wing to the east – and cantilevered over a public arrival plaza. This simple form creates drama by its massing and by the visible truss that supports the upper levels, even as it creates views through the complex and into the park.

Awards and Publications

Awards

Ohio Chapter ASLA, Honor Award

Publications

World Landscape Architecture, “Berezniki City Park + Uralkali Corporate Headquarters,” December 2012