Yandex Saint-Petersburg office II is almost twice as large as the previous one (designed by za bor); it houses the entire 4° floor of the building and has a corridor about 200 meters long (total floor area 3310 sqm), but size doesn?t matter, clients wanted an ?extraordinary office like no other?.
So the architects had at least two challenges ? first to organize a very complex space outstretched along a central corridor axis. The second challenge was to make the office a showy and impressive.
After a long thought Peter Zaytsev, and Arseniy Borisenko, the project architects, decided to use the double loaded zoning, with meeting «cells», work areas, and unusual objects located along the corridor. The unusual objects being provided with a particular function. As a result of this concept implementation, 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.
The office guests receive a unique transcendental background, the one of which Aldous Huxley hadn?t even dreamed of. Visitors find themselves both in an amazing space which architects had transformed from linear into 3D, observing the pixel objects which grew to gigantic proportions. Thus, according to the architects conception, guests and employees of the office are involved into Yandex net services, to which they are accustomed to work with exclusively in 2D screen. That is why in some places miniature «icons», which grew to giant size are breaking to large volume «pixels» sprouting from the walls. Bright colors, spots scattered here and there, guide visitors through the office and cheering up the office staff....