Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II
by Za Bor Architects

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Russian studio Za Bor Architects have furnished the new St. Petersburg offices of internet company Yandex like the desktop of a computer, with pixellated backgrounds and huge icons (+ slideshow).

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

The offices are organised along a 200-metre-long corridor, where screens and shelves take the shape of a music play button, cursor arrows, the @ symbol and even a Pacman logo.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

A printing station is concealed behind a large bulbous clock and meeting rooms are framed by ribbon-like shapes and coloured curtains.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

The reception desk resembles a text box, like one where a computer user inputs their username or password.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

Yandex is currently the largest search engine is Russia and the architects explain how they wanted to give guests the impression of being "inside the Yandex search service."

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

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Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

Photography is by Peter Zaytsev.

Here's a project description from Za Bor Architects:


It is indicative that this office is to some extent a return to the roots of cooperation of za bor architects and the largest Russian IT-corporation Yandex.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

The first office developed for Yandex by za bor architects is in the same building of the Benois business center in Saint Petersburg, but on a lower floor. In 2008 it was a brilliant premiere published by almost all the leading architecture and design media in Russia. The project has picked up many awards.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

Four years later za bor architects and Yandex had decided to repeat the success on a larger scale – Yandex Saint-Petersburg office II is almost twice as large as the previous one – it houses the entire fourth floor of the building and has a corridor about 200 meters long (total floor area 3310 sqm), but size doesn’t matter, clients wanted an "extraordinary office like no other."

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

So the architects had at least two challenges – first to organize a very complex space outstretched along a central corridor axis. The second challenge was to make the office a showy and impressive.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

After a long thought Peter Zaytsev, and Arseniy Borisenko, the project architects, decided to use the double loaded zoning, with meeting cells, work areas, and unusual objects located along the corridor. The unusual objects being provided with a particular function. As a result of this concept implementation, guests find themselves inside the Yandex search service: at the reception they are met by a well-known "Search" button and a yellow arrow (an unofficial Yandex logo and a significant part of the web-site).

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

While passing the corridors they see the familiar user name and email password input boxes, and at each step they meet symbols and icons of Yandex services, although they are not always easy to recognize as tiny pixel icons, had turned into 3D objects.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

The office guests receive a unique transcendental background, the one of which Aldous Huxley hadn’t even dreamed of. Visitors find themselves both in an amazing space which architects had transformed from linear into 3D, observing the pixel objects which grew to gigantic proportions.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

Thus, according to the architects conception, guests and employees of the office are involved into Yandex net services, to which they are accustomed to work with exclusively in 2D screen. That is why in some places miniature "icons", which grew to giant size are breaking to large volume "pixels" sprouting from the walls.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

Bright colors, spots scattered here and there, guide visitors through the office and cheering up the office staff.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

Speaking of function, many of the major elements seem to be decorative only at first glance. The spiral elements for example are separating the informal communication zone from the corridor. The casted polymer "jellyfish" clocks contain network printers station, etc.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

The project has turned out rather complex, the first thing because no one did such things before, not only in Saint Petersburg but even in Russia. Therefore, many solutions are made on the spot during on-site designer supervision.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

The difficulties were not caused by 3D objects – they are made according to advertising designs technologies (their cages are filled with polystyrene foam, meeting all standards of fire and environmental safety).

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

On the other hand – the ceiling, build up of original "blades" was extremely difficult to install.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

As Yandex offices have twenty-four-hours operation schedule, the project was provided with variety of well-developed recreation zones.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

In addition to working areas and rooms, the office has a gym, cafeteria, showers, and several coffee-points.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

The number of formal and informal points for negotiation, two lecture halls, and workplaces perfectly equipped with Herman Miller and Walter Knoll systems, make this office a place of attraction, fascinate visitors, and surely makes work very enjoyable pastime.

Yandex Saint Petersburg Office II by Za Bor Architects

Plan - click above for larger image 

  • csparrott

    No photos of the places people actually work, just the wacky baubles to amuse clients.

  • guest

    Cute, but already dated and not very interesting architecturally. Feels more like low-budget Disney attraction, maybe “Desktop World at Disneyland”.

  • Sofija

    Weak remake of “traditional” Google office. Looks like kindergarten :)

  • http://lifeinsketch.com Tina Ramchandani

    Interesting. Though the design elements don’t really seem to tie into each other.

  • Sofija

    Look at this: details are “Copy Paste” from this project in Torino in 2010: http://coolboom.net/interior-design/toolbox-torinhttp://www.archinnovations.com/featured-projects/

  • Jeez

    You know what ZA BOR means in one of the Chinese dialects? It’s “crazy bitch”.

  • http://mariedodrawing.blogspot.com Marie

    No natural light and that yellow colour is already irritating me, let alone the people that work there every day!