The second Yandex Office that Za Bor Architects has designed for the Russian IT corporation in Saint-Petersburg takes everyone who sees it on a journey through a delightfully colorful suite of spaces, proving the influence of technology on modern architecture. Occupying the entire fourth floor of the building and welcoming visitors with a 200 meter long corridor, the expansive office space covers the 3,310 square meter floor plan with an interesting selection of impressive details. Extravagance was captured in the color choice, as well as the space arrangement – meeting “cells” and work areas alongside unusual objects shape a surprisingly detailed office space.
Imagined as a life-sized version of the company’s website, the office showcases oversized pixels and website elements in an extremely creative design: “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.” Just imagine working here – a world of internet branding compacted in real life guides your thoughts and shapes the future of the company.
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests