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Russian studio Za Bor Architects have furnished the new St.

Petersburg offices of internet company Yandex like the desktop of a computer, with pixellated backgrounds and huge icons (+ slideshow).

The offices are organised along a 200-metre-long corridor, where screens and shelves take the shape of a music play button, cursor arrows, the @ symbol and even a Pacman logo.

.A printing station is concealed behind a large bulbous clock and meeting rooms are framed by ribbon-like shapes and coloured curtains.

Yandex is currently the largest search engine is Russia and the architects explain how they wanted to give guests the impression of being "inside the Yandex search service. like one where a computer user inputs their username or password.The reception desk resembles a text box." .

.It is indicative that this office is to some extent a return to the roots of cooperation of za bor architects and the largest Russian IT-corporation Yandex.

The project has picked up many awards. 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 first office developed for Yandex by za bor architects is in the same building of the Benois business center in Saint Petersburg.

clients wanted an "extraordinary office like no other.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 – it houses the entire fourth floor of the building and has a corridor about 200 meters long (total floor area 3310 sqm). but size doesn’t matter." .

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. .

with meeting cells. and Arseniy Borisenko. the project architects. and unusual objects located along the corridor. decided to use the double loaded zoning. work areas. guests find themselves inside the Yandex search service: at the reception they are met by a well-known . The unusual objects being provided with a particular function.After a long thought Peter Zaytsev. As a result of this concept implementation.

and at each step they meet symbols and icons of Yandex services. . although they are not always easy to recognize as tiny pixel icons."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. had turned into 3D objects.

observing the pixel objects which grew to gigantic proportions. the one of which Aldous Huxley hadn’t even dreamed of.The office guests receive a unique transcendental background. . Visitors find themselves both in an amazing space which architects had transformed from linear into 3D.

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. guests and employees of the office are involved into Yandex net services.Thus. . according to the architects conception.

guide visitors through the office and cheering up the office staff. . spots scattered here and there.Bright colors.

Speaking of function. The casted polymer "jellyfish" clocks contain network printers station. The spiral elements for example are separating the informal communication zone from the corridor. etc. many of the major elements seem to be decorative only at first glance. .

many solutions are made on the spot during on-site designer supervision. The difficulties were not caused by 3D objects – they are made according to advertising designs technologies (their cages are filled with polystyrene foam.The project has turned out rather complex. the first thing because no one did such things before. meeting all standards of fire and environmental safety). not only in Saint Petersburg but even in Russia. Therefore. .

On the other hand – the ceiling. . build up of original "blades" was extremely difficult to install.

.As Yandex offices have twenty-four-hours operation schedule. the project was provided with variety of well-developed recreation zones.

two lecture halls. The number of formal and informal points for negotiation. cafeteria. and workplaces perfectly equipped with . and several coffee-points. showers. the office has a gym.In addition to working areas and rooms.

and surely makes work very enjoyable pastime. fascinate visitors. . make this office a place of attraction.Herman Miller and Walter Knoll systems.