Moscow is the largest city in Russia with over 8 million residents and an ever-expanding economy. As the city grows, urban planners and architects have sought to emphasize creative, modern design solutions to fit within the city's urban fabric. Za Bor Architects' innovative “Parasite Office” is a hanging building wedged between two existing high rises that provides space for a design office without disrupting the flow of traffic on the street below.
Za Bor Architects‘ Parasite Office caters to Moscow’s new emphasis on modern design, while providing a plan for new offices that do not disrupt the cityscape. The Parasite Office is is attached one story up between two adjacent brick buildings, leaving the roadway below unharmed. Traffic and pedestrians can continue to travel from the front of the buildings to the courtyards at the rear.
The three-story office is accessible by an outer staircase, and it also has guarded roof access. The interior is thoroughly modern and features windows and walls made from polygonal shapes. The floor plan inside is as quirky as the dimensional outside, making it the perfect creative space for a design office. At night, the building glows from within, as the walls are semi-translucent on the street side and have a flat, glazed back on the courtyard side.