Moscow based architectural office Za Bor Architects recently has completed the 4th internet company office for Yandex. The Yandex in Yekaterinburg is the 4th office followed by 1st – Yandex Saint-Petersburg, 2nd – Yandex Moscow, and 3rd – Yandex Novosibirsk. Yandex is the the biggest and most popular internet service and company in Russia and USSR formers country.
The Yekaterinburg office of ‘Yandex’ Company occupies the fifteenth floor of a new business center ‘Palladium’. The building is close to circle in section and consequently the office space is concentrated around the lift group and technical premises; in plan view it reminds of a horseshoe.
Dynamic volumes and expressive furniture are za bor bureau’s visiting card; they successfully convey the concept of a prompt exponential ‘Yandex’ development, while wood and cork chosen as main facing materials illustrate the company’s humanism. Stack partitions made from thin profile in the corridors, as well as wood used in the working premises, have not just aesthetic, but also a brightly expressed soundproof effect. Quite low ceilings (3.60 m) have been visually made higher in the corridor, and the communications there have been painted in deep black colour.
Since ‘Yandex’ offices are known for their informal attitude to working process and since they work round the clock, besides large and small conference halls and traditional general working zones the project provided for a sports hall, a kitchen, coffee points and chamber communication ‘cells’ (or pods) – spaces singled out from the corridor volume with the use of partitions.
+ Project credits / data
Project: ‘Yandex’ internet company office in Yekaterinburg
Location: Yekaterinburg, Russia
Architects/Authors: za bor architects | Arseniy Borisenko & Peter Zaytsev
Decorator: Nadezhda Rozhanskaya
Floor Area: 700 sqm.
Photographs: Peter Zaytsev
Floor space: 700 sq m
Project Year: 2009-2010
Design: 10.2009 – 12. 2009,
Construction: 09.2009 – 05.2010.
Reception desk design by za bor architects (oak woods and glass)
4-in-1 watches design by Nadezhda Rozhanskaya
Textile in this project – Nadezhda Rozhanskaya
Office partitions – Nayada
Carpeting – InterfaceFLOR
Relax chairs «True Love» — Globe zero 4 (Contract Interiors)
Work chairs & tables – Herman Miller (Contract Interiors)
Coffee tables – Walter Knoll (Contract Interiors)
+ About za bor architects
za bor is a Moscow based architectural office founded in 2003 by principals Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev.
The bureau’s objects are created mainly in contemporary aesthetic. What distinguishes them is an abundance of architectural methods used both in the architectural and interior design, as well as a complex dynamical shape which is a visiting card of za bor projects. The interiors demonstrate this feature especially brightly, since for all their objects Peter and Arseniy create built-in and free standing furniture themselves.
za bor architects have been involved in more than 30 projects including three residential houses, an office building, a cottage settlement, more than ten offices. Among the clients of za bor architects there are media, business and government companies such as Forward Media Group, Yandex, Inter RAO UES, Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry and others.