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. 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.
The project architects Peter Zaytsev and Arseniy Borisenko have decided to use the double loaded zoning, with meeting ‘cells’, work areas, and unusual objects located along the corridor.
As a result of the concept, 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). 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.
Bright colors, spots scattered here and there, guide visitors through the office and cheering up the office staff.
Many objects and elements are not only decorative but functional as well; the spiral elements for example are separating the informal communication zone from the corridor. The casted polymer “jellyfish” clocks contain network printers station, etc.
Briefly, the office program is well organized in a very complex space, which outstretched along a central corridor axis, also showy and impressive.