Nornickel, the company that owns Kola GMK, is a Russian mining and metallurgical company, the world's largest producer of palladium and one of the largest producers of nickel, platinum and copper.
To ensure that the appearance of the industrial sites reflects the leading status of an advanced technological company and that employees feel comfortable and can easily find their way around, we created detailed guidelines for the design of the surroundings, façades, wayfinding signs and information structures.
The industrial sites are located in the Murmansk Region, beyond the Arctic Circle, near the towns of Monchegorsk and Zapolyarny.
We analyzed the unique features of the sites and divided them into zones depending on the functional purpose of the areas, their structure and impact on the overall appearance of the plant.
Each zone has its own rules for color design of façades, depending on their functional purpose and external characteristics.
The appearance of entrances also depends on the type of building.
Bus stops are illuminated and heated. Thanks to their bright turquoise color, they can be easily seen in snowy weather.
Information structures are multifunctional and follow the style of the bus stops.
A special section of the design code is devoted to the rules of design and placement of façade signs. Recommendations for media façades are also provided.
To ensure simple and convenient wayfinding, each production unit is assigned its own color.
Maps with production unit boundaries are placed throughout the plant on wayfinding signs and at bus stops.
Wayfinding pylons and signs also help find your way around.
Color coding is reflected in the building numbering system. For example, a yellow stripe is placed on the façade next to the building number to mark industrial buildings belonging to the chemical and metallurgical shop.
Considerable attention in the design code is paid to landscaping. We developed principles for placement of small architectural forms and for selection of street furniture.
Art objects help bring variety to the industrial landscape.
To ensure roads and pedestrian walkways look nice and last a long time, the album provides general recommendations for pavement construction.
An important part of a comfortable environment is proper landscaping. The design code describes general principles of plant selection and care.
A unified set of rules for environment design will transform the industrial sites and make the plant grounds comfortable, modern and high-tech.