za bor architects: parasite office in moscow
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nov 22, 2012
za bor architects: parasite office in moscow


‘parasite office’ by za bor architects, moscow, russia
image © peter zaytsev
all images courtesy of za bor architects

 

 

exploring urban infill, the ‘parasite office’ designed by and for moscow-based za bor architects is a foreign contemporary object taking up the
space between two established buildings. being europe’s largest city, moscow has a surprising lack of creative office spaces and an excess of
awkwardly uninhabitable gaps between edifices. the three-storey work area is suspended off the ground held up by a lightweight steel structure
clamped to the blind walls of the adjacent constructs, leaving the walkway underneath accessible to the public. a modular floor system allows
the interior plan to be re-designed for changing needs, with a polygonal faceted wall of polycarbonate cells, contrasting the traditional orthogonal
language of the region. a large window provides light and views to each floor, while the shaded facade is a flat curtain wall. this building strategy
successfully repurposes the many unusable voids around a city, not intrusive to the existing architecture and creates new dynamic adaptable buildings.

 

 


light structure suspended in the air leaving the lower street open to public use
image © peter zaytsev

 

 


a metal staircase touches the ground leading to the entrance
image © peter zaytsev

 

 


interior with translucent polycarbonate panels and exposed concrete walls.
image © peter zaytsev

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


floor plan / level 2

 

 


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