Mecanoo has won an international competition to design the new campus of the National University of Science and Technology (MISiS), one of the leading technical universities of Russia. The 100-acre campus will be located in a new district of Moscow, where 300,000 new residents are expected over the next 20 years.
MISiS is the leading university in Russia in the fields of metals and materials. President Medvedev, has appointed the University a leading role in the transition of Russia to an innovative knowledge economy. MISiS emerged out of the Moscow Academy of Mines and the Moscow Steel Institute, both prominent players in the industrialization of the Soviet Union in the last century. The University gained international fame in 2003, when former Professor Alexei Abrikosov received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in the field of superconductivity. Masshtab development has donated 100 acres of land to MISiS so the university can be used strategically as a catalyst for the development of the new 13,000 acre district.
Francine Houben, Mecanoo: "Knowledge and innovation have become the new economy with innovative research universities as the driver. In the knowledge society of the 21st century, scientific campuses have more and more become a key asset of the city, region and country in which they are located.
"Attractive campuses, showcasing scientific excellence and creating unique living and working environment for its users, can attract national and international top talent and will create opportunities for innovation, scientific excellence and commercial success."