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.

 

 

za bor architects: parasite office in moscowlight structure suspended in the air leaving the lower street open to public useimage © peter zaytsev

 

 

za bor architects: parasite office in moscowa metal staircase touches the ground leading to the entranceimage © peter zaytsev

 

 

za bor architects: parasite office in moscowinterior with translucent polycarbonate panels and exposed concrete walls.image © peter zaytsev

 

 

za bor architects: parasite office in moscowfloor plan / level 0

 

 

za bor architects: parasite office in moscowfloor plan / level 1

 

 

za bor architects: parasite office in moscowfloor plan / level 2

 

 

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  • 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
  • Great concept!

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

    Ben Peake
  • 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
  • Lebeus Woods lives!!!

    T. Cassel
  • NOT UNLIKE FRANK GEHRY WEST SIDE NY BUILDING NICE, LIKE THE INTERIOR FURNITURE

    G. C. BROWN

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