Parasite Office / za bor architects

© Peter Zaytsev

Architects: za bor architects – Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev
Location: , Russia
Project area: 230 sqm
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Zaytsev

© Peter Zaytsev

In the end of May, in the Russian capital, architectural biennale «АRCH Moscow» is traditionally held. za bor architects this year presented an essentially new idea of effective use of inhabited areas with the aim of practical business spaces creation

The concept is especially remarkable since Moscow is the biggest city in Europe with promptly growing economy and permanent shortage of “creative” office areas needed by numerous design-studios, modern art galleries and other organizations the activity of which is connected with art.

© Peter Zaytsev

Prominent feature of many Moscow areas is the presence of multi-storey buildings with blind end walls and wide passage between them. This project provides for usage of free spaces between buildings for creation of original and economic offices which do not block the court yard access.

third floor plan

The first realization of this concept shall become za bor architects’ own workshop which is planned to be build in between the two houses at the 5th Kozhukhovskaya Street. The project provides for creation of a three-floor volume with an accessible roof area, divided with modular floor panels. The framework which shapes it, is a single structural unit clamped between the blind facades of the houses. The polygonal main facade solved in dynamical volumes, is made from light and durable cellular ; the facade turned to the court yard is flat and completely glazed.

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Cite: "Parasite Office / za bor architects" 07 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <>


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    After seeing this I am now certain that the US building codes suuuuuuuckkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!

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    I’m pretty sure these are still renderings…how they would solve the structural problem of actually grafting onto existing structure would be interesting to see.

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      Yeah, these are renderings; but they look real; the night one is especially convincing; but hey
      architects aren’t complete physics noobs; they know something about whether their designs would work or not

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    I’m doing my final project, I’m ceramic tile designer and I’m collecting information about deconstructivism and structures similar to this. I wanted to know if there is any chance to get the photography ‘interior-2nd-Floor.jpg’ in a better resolution for printing. Obviously, I’ll mention you under the photography and add you to the credits of my final work.

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    leeboo. i know these are renderings. it’s very interesting and i’d like to see that project someday, but making better renderings… not convincing.

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