Publication series "Consortium": GENSLER & ASSOCIATES INTERNATIONAL LTD

GENSLER & ASSOCIATES INTERNATIONAL LTD – an international consortium, which consists of the American architectural burea GENSLER & ASSOCIATES INTERNATIONAL LTD - the leader of the consortium, and other consortium participants, they are Institute for the surveying and design of engineering structures MOSINZHPROEKT from Russia, TERRA AURI group of companies and MOTT MACDONALD, which is an international consulting firm. 


Gensler is a global design and architecture firm headquartered in San Francisco. The firm was founded in 1965 by Art and Drue Gensler, and their associate James Follett. The firm originally focused on corporate interiors, but has since diversified into numerous forms of architecture and design, including commercial office buildings, retail centres, airports, education facilities and entertainment complexes. It is also involved in planning and urban design, brand strategy, environmental graphic design, mission-critical facilities, sustainable design consulting, and other areas. Gensler was awarded the Architecture Firm Award for 2000 by the American Institute of Architects.

Abu Dhabi Financial Centre, UAE (in progress)

After the city identified Al Maryah Island as its new financial center, Gensler created a master plan and comprehensive design guidelines for this 122-hectare development. To convey its status as a financial and strategic healthcare center, Abu Dhabi sought new standards in the project’s planning and architectural design. The master plan aimed to create a human-scale environment that would maximize connectivity for workers and visitors, while enhancing the opportunity to enjoy a work-life balance.

The master plan by Gensler envisages the creation of several mixed-use districts, with the DIFC’s headquarters the Gate building – designed by Christopher Johnson, managing partner of Gensler’s UK office – acting as a focal point for the overall scheme. The Gate Building was the first building of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) development to be completed. The building consists of more than 46,000 square meters of prime office space with retail components on the ground level and a three-story basement car park. The office building is 15 stories tall and has separate lobbies and elevators for DIFC executive offices and a club / conference center.

The Gate Building features a double skin and naturally vented curtain wall system, which is designed to provide maximum natural light and transparency but restrict solar gain. Granite frames the transparent curtain wall on the east and west elevations and is also used to highlight the north and south arches, presenting a solid pillar of strength. Sitting on an axis with the Emirates Towers and the World Trade Centre, the building creates a dialogue with these two Dubai landmarks. 


The DIFC’s self-contained location has been planned and designed to provide maximum convenience for anyone seeking to live, work and enjoy their home and leisure time at one strategic location.

The inclusion of a museum, an art gallery and a performing arts centre will add to its attraction as a resort destination. People will be able to walk from one part of the city complex to another in a temperature-controlled environment, and on the outer perimeter, there will be an automated transit system circumnavigating the entire district.

The master plan also allows for future public transport provision. Situated between the financial centres of Europe and Asia, the DIFC is set to become a leading financial centre in the tradition of those in New York, London and Hong Kong. 

© 2014 Gensler.

© 2014 Gensler.


Institute for the surveying and design of engineering structures and utilities was founded in Moscow in 1958 to undertake project planning of underground utilities; establishment of road-network infrastructure and creation of comfortable urban environments.

From the moment of its inception, Mosinzhproekt as planned more than 4,000 kilometers of urban highways, more than 100 transport intersections of different levels, more than 300 underground pedestrian walkways, 20 kilometers of embankment, dozens of ponds and landscaping elements. Specialists from the institute have taken part in the creation and reconstruction of practically the entire engineering and utility network of the city of Moscow.


Terra Auri is a group of companies providing the full range of services in construction management and implements development projects of any complexity, from infill construction to integrated urban development. It was founded in 2008, and the company's portfolio now has more than 1 mln square meters of designed and commissioned residential space. The company's activity was marked with numerous awards and prizes. 

LOW-RISE RESIDENTIAL QUARTER (in process of implementation)

The work of the architectural bureau includes the general plan for the development of the industrial site to the north of Moscow. According to this plan, a site of more than 85 hectares will be converted into a modern residential district which could be considered as a self-contained town in its own right as a result of the volume of buildings and the nature of its own infrastructure. In addition to residential buildings, the area features shopping and leisure; and sports complexes, offices, ships, kindergartens, a school, parking facilities, a hotel a higher education facility.




Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering and development consultancy adding value for public and private clients on agenda-setting, next-generation projects worldwide. The group opererates globally with its offices in 140 countries. in Russia Mott MacDonald has been operating since 1990.

Transforming project ideas into reality is the company’s forte. Its holistic approach is rooted in a complete spectrum of skills covering all stages of the development cycle – right from preparing the business case and advising on related issues to designing and implementing the solution and providing ongoing support. Total service offering incorporates all aspects of project and programme management, management consultancy and construction economics. As a multi-sector professional services provider, planning, advisory, technical and management activities of the company also encompass the social and institutional dimensions of development.

Manchester Civil Justice Centre (realized project)

Manchester Civil Justice Centre is a striking contemporary 14 storey court building which has won awards for many different aspects of its design, construction and sustainability. It was designed by Australian architects Denton Corker Marshall with engineers Mott MacDonald

An international competition-winning project for the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice in the North West of England, the biggest court complex to be built in the UK since the Royal Courts of Justice in the 19th century.

© Tim Griffith

The building provides accommodation of around 34,000 sqm on 15 levels. It houses 47 courtrooms, 75 consultation rooms, in addition to office and support space.

The working courts and offices are expressed as long rectilinear forms, articulated at each floor level, and projecting at each end of the building as a varied composition of solid and void. In side elevation, these elements collectively establish a dynamic and distinctive building profile; in end elevation, they form a powerful sculptural interplay of light and shade, depth and complexity. The architectural implication is that the courts are not forbidding or concealed, but open and accessible.

The judicial interface is seen as the principal city scale signal of the Civil Justice Centre. The eastern facade will become the memorable ‘sign’ that clearly establishes this as the courts building and unlike any other building in the city.

© Tim Griffith

The eye-catching building employs sophisticated natural ventilation, day-lighting and a combination of air and groundwater cooling to drive down energy consumption. Mott MacDonald carried out facade, fire, structural and building services engineering, tuning each element of the building to optimise performance and create environmental synergies. Design innovations helped reduce CO2 emissions by 505 tonnes per annum and cut annual energy consumption by 20% relative to the then current building regulations.