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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Spirited Formations by za bor Architects

By Shaheena Javeri Mistry
Photography:  courtesy the architects

Moscow-based za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev showcase a signature design style
Yandex Stroganov Office                                                          Smena Fitness Club

Moscow-based za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev showcase a signature design style that draws one into its abstract sculptural folds through a strong palette of colour and form... 

Understanding the za bor architect duo is no mean feat! Their interiors demonstrate a high quality of a mix of architectural methods that harmonize the built form and the interior spaces that are chiselled at their hands. A complexity in form prevails and through it unfolds function -direct and pragmatic; and an aesthetic that focuses on the brand image and growth of the client. 

Moscow-based za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev showcase a signature design style
 Smena Fitness Club

In their recently completed Smena Fitness Club, ‘dynamics’ and ‘motion’ are the conceptual mainstay, defined by an overlap of shapes, purposeful use of colours and finishing materials teamed with adequate visual connections creating virtual dynamism and transmitting vibrancy and energy to this gymnasium.

Moscow-based za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev showcase a signature design style
 Smena Fitness Club
Moscow-based za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev showcase a signature design style
Smena Fitness Club

Neutral-palette formal areas coupled with contemporary lighting and clean-cut straight-line geometrics lend an artistic stylization to the spaces.

Moscow-based za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev showcase a signature design style
Smena Fitness Club

Moscow-based za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev showcase a signature design style
Smena Fitness Club

In terms of functional spaces, these shapes define ‘silent’ and ‘noisy’ areas, yet keep the circulation clear and simple, displaying the facilities and allowing the users to orient themselves. Strategically installed huge life-size mirrors and large screen televisions at vantage points liven up the facility, making exercising a lot more enjoyable for the patrons.

Moscow-based za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev showcase a signature design style
Yandex Stroganov Office     

On a similar note, their recent Yandex Stroganov office is a symphony in green and white – once again underlined by bold colours and complex shapes that constitute distinctive design features of the award-winning repertoire of za bor architects. Needless to mention “Yandex”, one of the world’s leaders in the IT field, has entrusted 22 of their offices to this creative team!

Moscow-based za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev showcase a signature design style
Yandex Stroganov Office     

Moscow-based za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev showcase a signature design style
Yandex Stroganov Office     

The Moscow office with its informal and creative atmosphere has a giant free-flowing ribbon shape connecting the floors and articulating spaces, delivering a unified look.

Moscow-based za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev showcase a signature design style
Yandex Stroganov Office     

Moscow-based za bor architects, Arseniy Borisenko and Peter Zaytsev showcase a signature design style
Yandex Stroganov Office     

Contrasting colours with neutral shades as the base, along with unfinished white-washed brick work on structural elements, ceiling lights in geometrical shapes, exposed communication and service lines, and use of sheer fabrics for privacy make a chic style statement. The architectural envelope is guided by complex geometry and level difference in the building.

Bottomline: With every project, the architects manage to cull a distinctive ambience! 

9 comments :

  1. I liked the concept very much.

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  2. I love the bold colours and the curves used in Yandex Stoganov Office.

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  3. Nice..architecture at its best ... nice concept

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  5. I think it's about forming designs that work for both aesthetic and functional appeal. The balance may not be equal, but both aspects need to be addressed. That's not to imply that there shouldn't be things that only fulfill one or the other (such as artwork in a hallway or a standard filing cabinet).
    Brad Phillips
    Social Researcher (Contract) at Sprinklr in response to IAnD's discussion thread: What in your opinion would be the elements/ aspects that strike the fine balance between art and interior architecture?

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  6. I like the shapes that add some spark to something that might be rather bland otherwise. Because they are used sparingly they shouldn't add too much to the cost to the project or loose their impact. Thanks for sharing.
    Mike Thompson
    Project Architect at Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture in response to IAnD's discussion thread: What in your opinion would be the elements/ aspects that strike the fine balance between art and interior architecture?

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  7. I think color can do the same thing in adding to or breaking up the design that would otherwise be too "beige". I like form in function as it causes interaction, sparks a feeling and is fun.
    Pamela B. Dayne
    CEO at Emee Joy Glass in response to IAnD's discussion thread: What in your opinion would be the elements/ aspects that strike the fine balance between art and interior architecture?

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  8. I think that is true Brad. what does the trick though is 'restraint'. Often, we designers have to hold back and stand back surveying our handiwork. And lo! we know that now is the time to stop; the aesthetic is just suited to the overall schematic and we've accomplished the function too. In fact, of late I've been seeing a lot of interiors with more than one stand-out aspect that blurs the art-architecture line. An example that immediately comes to mind is the Citizen M hotels in London, New York.
    Lalit Hira
    Interior & Furniture Designer, Founder & Publisher India Art n Design(dot)com in response to IAnD's discussion thread: What in your opinion would be the elements/ aspects that strike the fine balance between art and interior architecture?

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