ROLF is the largest Mitsubishi Motors importer in Russia. They briefed Meandre Architects to create one consolidated office space after merging several of their legal entities into one. The space is functional, and was created in a very short time frame. The aim was to form a simple space, with an almost industrial feel to it. The space can accomodate over 400 employees, and was based on the company’s core business - the car industry. Inspiration was drawn from car repair shops, and even from Mitsubishi car repair guides.
The Working space was divided into three offices – one for each legal entity. The Reception area and meeting suite however are shared – this helps people to communicate and promotes informal meetings. The Common area introduces the corporate colours and the use of bespoke furniture.
BBDO is a worldwide advertising agency network, with its headquarters in New York City. The agency began in 1891 with George Batten’s Batten Company, and later in 1928, through a merger of BDO (Barton, Durstine & Osborn) and Batten Co. the agency became BBDO. The agency’s Russian operations are based in Moscow, and the offices were designed by Nefaresearch. The main challenge that faced Nefaresearch’s architects, was to reconstruct a four-story factory building dating back to the 19th century into an office space fit for advertising agency.
The style of the office had to resemble an art centre, rather than traditional office. The aim was to create with irony a rich dynamic and contemporary image in the BBDO’s branded palette (red, white, grey and black), covering and unifying all office spaces and in the same time dividing them into functional zones.
The Astrata Group designs and develops advanced location-based IT services and solutions (telematics) that combine GPS positioning, wireless communications (satellite or terrestrial) and geographical information technology. They opened a new office in Moscow, which was designed mainly by architect Tatiana Romanova. The office is colourful and very funky, whilst at the same time a very functional and practical office space. Although the standard working areas can be a bit bland and basic, the meeting rooms and coworking areas are the total opposite of the spectrum; one word comes to mind - psychedelic!
This office is the architectural studio of Nefa Research, which is located in a former factory called the “Flakon”. Flakon essentially means bottle, so perhaps the factory resembles this in some way! Located in Moscow the space is formed through the use of geometric multi-level construction. The idea of industrial office with unusual structural spaces was created by Nefa Research, in fact most of the furniture was made from the architects’ own sketches.
V Kontakte is one of Russia’s largest social networks, with users numbering at over 100 million people! The office was created in partnership with the Finnish design firm Gullsten-Inkinen. One of the main briefs for the project was to create a space that was less formal than your traditional office, creating a space that appealed to and attracted the best and brightest of Russia’s workforce.
To add a bit of brightness, playfulness colours and features have been added to furniture, textiled rugs and manifestations. Also, reflective finishes; splashes of white on ceilings and walls have been added within specific areas to achieve reflective light and brightness when needed.
Yandex is a leading internet company in Russia, operating the most popular search engine and the most visited website in the country. They generated an impressive 63.3% of all search traffic in Russia in 2011 and 59.4% in March 2012. The architects behind their new Odessa office space aimed to create a bright office which was extraordinary and memorable. Odessa, being a maritime city, naturally lent itself to a subtle maritime theme – for example the light-diffusers are in the form of sails, and the walls are covered with copper.
Google has developed a reputation for being able to merge both technology and creativity seamlessly, with many putting their meteoric success partly down to the ability and desire to do so. Perhaps one of the main ways Google showcases this synergy is through the design of their offices. Google offices are world renowned for being some of the most fun and well-designed offices in the world – and they’ve just done it again! We’ve covered many Google offices over the years, but their Russian offices are the latest edition to the roster.
The Russian Google office was designed by the Swiss design firm Camenzind Evolution. As you can see in the pictures the style is a mixture of so called “geek chic” and techy futurism. We think the Decoist hit the nail on the head when they said:
Google’s Russian offices are nothing less of creative. They inspire life and are meant as a way to escape from your daily workload. It’s definitely a place we’d love to spend our 9-to-5 life at.
The Russian gas and oil giant Gazprom is planning to build new office space in St. Petersburg Russia. The new office will be located in the outer parts of the city and was designed by RMJM. The estimated cost will be around 3 Billion USD!
In case you didn’t know, Gazprom is the largest extractor of natural gas in the world and the largest Russian company. It was created in 1989 when the Ministry of Gas Industry of the Soviet Union transformed itself into a corporation. The company was later privatized in part, but currently the Russian government holds a controlling stake.
The company initially wanted to have the tower at a height of 396m, but after certain changes the ultimate height will now be 426m. The project is also to have some green credentials as it will be built on a 17 hectare chunk of brownfield site outside the city of St. Petersburg.
Yandex has opened new office space Russia. Yandex is a Russian IT company which operates the largest search engine in the country, with their market share totalling 64%. Yandex also develops a number of internet-based services and products.Their office space Russia occupies the fifteenth floor of a new business centre in Yekaterinburg, within a building designed to be shaped like a horseshoe.
The new Russian office space project was headed by Za Bor Architects a Moscow based architectural firm founded in 2003 by principals Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev.
Wood and cork were used as the main outward facing material, this was done in an attempt to exemplify the company’s humanistic intentions and goals. Thus the use of such warm and welcoming materials was ideal. In contrast to this, expressive furniture and jagged walls were used to help give the feeling of dynamism and creativity – both characteristics any successful IT company will have.
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The Bank of Moscow’s central office has recently had its interior redesigned. The aim of the project was to create a luxurious and opulent setting – and it is clear that this brief has been met!
The main design features include the hexagonal shaped central hall, which according to the bank will be used for “client services”. The aim behind the large room was to give the interior an elegant feel, echoed by the completely bespoke furnishing throughout. Everything – from the tall wooden doors to the chandeliers and oak panelling – is customized. What’s more, since the office space has no windows the designers went about creating a stained-glass ceiling in order to give the room a light and natural feel.
The project was headed by the architectural firm of Srentenka, and more specifically by the Moscow based designer Alexey Kuzmin. The office occupies the 7,000 sqm third floor of a previously empty attic space within a building complex in the heart of Moscow city.