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PLP Architecture unveils design for Yandex's new Headquarters in Moscow

Russia Architecture News - Jun 24, 2020 - 14:13   1216 views

PLP Architecture unveils design for Yandex's new Headquarters in Moscow

London-based architecture practice PLP Architecture has unveiled design for a new smart headquarters for Yandex – "the Google of Russia" in Moscow, Russia

Dubbed as Yandex Headquarters, the 170,000-square-metre campus will accommodate the technology giant’s employees under one roof for the first time, in a secure, adaptable, healthy and sustainable work environment with a variety of open public spaces and wellbeing amenities.

Set to be built in the Gagarinsky District of Moscow, the campus will be a striking yet sensitive addition to the city’s skyline, sitting on a prominent site near the Moskva River a short distance from the some of the city’s leading research institutions and the location of the company’s first office.

PLP Architecture unveils design for Yandex's new Headquarters in Moscow

The sculptural, titanium-clad building will respect its sensitive context and connect to nearby parkland. Its adaptable design will bring a distinct new ambition to the tech campus, accommodating employees under one roof for the first time in a secure, interactive, collaborative environment that celebrates the company’s identity, technological innovation and collaborative achievements and aspirations.

The building will be lifted up to reveal a welcoming, activated ground floor that will step up across the site to connect a large, open plaza on one side with neighbouring streets on the other. 

It will present a welcoming face for the company and feature a variety of open public spaces, including restaurants, cafes and a computer technology museum highlighting the company’s cultural and technological growth since the early 1990s. The main reception areas will sit on a mezzanine level to increase permeability and pedestrian access through the building.

PLP Architecture unveils design for Yandex's new Headquarters in Moscow

At its heart, an open and light-filled central Hub will house collaborative zones, an auditorium, gadget testing areas and additional flexible spaces to encourage interaction and exchange. 

This will be cradled along three sides by long workspace wings that partially contain it, which in turn will be connected to the Hub by a series of bridges and open staircases. 

These wings will be nestled below sloping glass roofs and house a variety of departmental workspaces with high ceilings and pockets of double-height space. Arranged laterally around elongated cores, they will be interspersed with shared amenity spaces to accommodate casual digital and physical exercise when needed throughout the day.

PLP Architecture unveils design for Yandex's new Headquarters in Moscow

Along the perimeter, a series of double-height spaces will connect floors to help break down vertical boundaries and foster creativity through collaborative interaction and engagement. 

To supplement this, a sports centre with basketball and squash courts, a gymnasium and a large swimming pool will be coupled with additional wellbeing initiatives, such as spas, treatment rooms and saunas. 

Demolition of an existing hotel on the site will begin later this year, with construction following on from local authority approvals.

PLP Architecture unveils design for Yandex's new Headquarters in Moscow

PLP Architecture, founded by a group of partners including Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Karen Cook and Ron Bakker, is an energetic collective of architects, designers and researchers who value the transformative role of ideas and architecture’s ability to inspire. 

Based in London, the practice is led by an experienced and dedicated group of partners who have worked together for more than three decades.

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