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  • Navigation system at Yandex office

    Overview   Process   Real Life  

    Task: to prepare and realize an inspiring interior design.

    In 2012, Yandex office has moved into a new location. The size of the new headquarters necessitated a navigation system. The agenda was to create a design which would also keep the general feel of the place cozy, inviting, and overall friendly.

    Ariadne’s thread leading to the main entrance

    The space is broken up by a great number of curved corridors and forks, add clone-looking “intersections” with staff constantly shifting their offices from room to room and it becomes too easy to get literally lost in the labyrinth.

    Release date: May 30 2012


    artistic director
    Artemy Lebedev
    art director
    Ilya Mikhaylov
    designer and illustrator
    Nikita Nikitin
    Anton Aralin
    Oleg Tischenkov
    Masha Menshikova
    Egor Zhgun
    Yana Moskalyuk
    project managers
    Aleksey Luri
    Aleksandra Zyuzina
    Evgenia Ezhikova

    from Yandex:

    project managers
    Svetlana Kondrashova
    Nadezhda Rozhanskaya

    Floor navigation

    Numbered mileposts are the backbone of the new navigation system pointing to the nearest exits, meeting rooms, coffee stations, and restrooms. Marker-friendly surfaces invite Yandex employees to add new details to the signs.

    The testing squad has landed on the fifth floor
    Post species chart

    The headquarters spread over three wings and six working floors, thus the double-digit indexing on the posts with the first number for the floor and the second for the location, think hotel style. The short wing has letters instead of digits on the second position.

    Wall navigation/fire evacuation plan

    Some signs are duplicated along the edge of the ceiling tile “skylights.”

    The deck is straight ahead
    The “skylight” openings are designed to allow to service the pipes and are all over the place
    Before and after


    We thought up a theme for each floor and picked special numbers with some underlaying hints and metaphors to match.


    Artwork compliments the metaphors enciphered in the numbers.

    Dry functionality of the navigation signs is counter-weighted by artwork generously spread throughout the interior.

    Pool table ahead
    1st floor mataphors
    Twenty million
    Gym to the right
    Our moose
    The artwork is printed on “white board” film which can be drawn upon with markers. (see “Real life”)

    Stairwell navigation and stuff

    Find a list of everything a building has to offer by elevators.

    The building’s guide
    in elevators hall
    The floor’s guide
    by the stairs

    Illustratoins and miscellaneous extras supporting the floor’s theme by elevators.

    Fairy tale

    The executive seventh floor features an interactive light animation.

    Let the fish out
    Projector installation scheme

    Such interior design leaves the dwellers no other choice but to burst with original ideas and solutions.

    Welcome to Yandex!

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