Yandex Moscow Office by za bor architects


Yandex is the biggest and leading internet company in Russia, CIS and Russian-speaking countries. The Yandex office in Moscow is the 2nd office by za bor architects designed for this company.

The office occupies all seven floors in one of two wings in the newly constructed business center «Krasnaya Roza» (eng: Red Rose) in Moscow. The wing is close to rectangle in section and consequently the office space is concentrated around the technical core with riser pipes. This construction peculiarity made it necessary to create sanitary facilities and other premises that demand water use — such as kitchens and coffee points — around them.

The original columns and work frames have been preserved. At the client’s request, za bor architects used a layout with individual rooms strung along the corridors. To soften the impression, the role of internal walls is played by a glazed partition. Translucent orange coating has been used to add bright and vivid color to the gray and white interior. The ceilings have been visually expanded in the corridor, and the communications have been painted in deep gray color, while in the work areas ceilings from Ecophon — sound absorbing material used in cinema interiors — have been used for additional sound isolation.

Internet wiring and electrical cables were made on the raised floor. As the flooring has been chosen to carpet tile, which allows you quickly access any point in the hidden under-floor communications.

Dynamic volumes and expressive furniture are the main hallmarks of za bor architects style. This distinctive approach has been used by za bor architects to develop the concept reflecting the idea of a sky-rocketed exponential Yandex development. Since Yandex offices are known for their informal atmosphere and attitude to working process and since they work round the clock, besides large and small conference halls and traditional general working zones the project includes a sports hall, a kitchen, coffee points etc.

Architect: za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev
Location: Moscow, Russia
Project Area: 7000 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Zaytsev

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