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

za bor architects: parasite office in moscow

‘parasite office’ by za bor architects, moscow, russiaimage © peter zaytsevall 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 thespace 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 structureclamped to the blind walls of the adjacent constructs, leaving the walkway underneath accessible to the public. a modular floor system allowsthe 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 strategysuccessfully 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 useimage © peter zaytsev



a metal staircase touches the ground leading to the entranceimage © 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











    G. C. BROWN says:
  • Lebeus Woods lives!!!

    T. Cassel says:
  • I like this very much! The only problem that’s not addressed in the materials shown here is insulation. Moscow is very cold and a thin layer of polycarbonate doesn’t seem (intuitively) like a very good insulator of heat. This could be a very inefficient building.

    Brad Comis says:
  • Great concept!

    However, the article should acknowledge this is concept only. The first external and internal images are renders.

    Ben Peake says:
  • Great form, good concept, poor selection of materials. With a little more work this could have been done in glass, and then it would have been spectacular.

    Kenneth von Roenn says:

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