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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Parasite office in Moscow, Russia by za bor Architects

June 12th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: za bor Architects

The «АRCH Moscow» architectural biennale is traditionally held in the end of May, in the Russian capital.  za bor architects presented this year an essentially new idea of effective usage of inhabited areas with the aim of practical business spaces creation. For this project the za bor architects was awarded with the second prize entry by «ARCH Moscow» judges (the first prize wasn’t awarded to anyone).

Main Facade (Image Courtesy Peter Zaytsev)

  • Architects: za bor Architects
  • Project: Parasite office
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architects Design: Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev
  • Floor area: 230 sqm
  • Project year: 2011
  • 3D and Photographs: Peter Zaytsev

Second Floor View (Image Courtesy Peter Zaytsev)

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.


Main Facade (Image Courtesy 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.

Night View (Image Courtesy Peter Zaytsev)

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 polycarbonate; the facade turned to the court yard is flat and completely glazed.

Parasite office (Image Courtesy Peter Zaytsev)

Parasite office (Image Courtesy Peter Zaytsev)

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Third Floor Plan


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