Gallery: Hanging Parasite Office Makes the Most of Unused Urban Space i...

Moscow is the largest city in Russia with over 8 million residents and an ever-increasing economy. As the city grows, urban planners and architects have sought to emphasize creative, modern design solutions, which the urban fabric presently lacks.

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.

+ Za Bor Architects

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  1. lazyreader June 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Is this real or a CGI mock up. It just seems unreal to me.

  2. arcilook June 7, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Looks pretty… well… Special. That’s the word 😉

  3. lazyreader June 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Not as pretty as the buildings that sandwich it…….still an interesting way to provide work space in the city without interrupting the ability of cars to go through. Is it a self contained structure or does it require a foundation. Like the “Futuro” or Dymaxion houses that theoretically could be built anywhere.

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