Park Avenue Office — privacy and openness with a distinct sense of place

New York, NY
2018
Type: Offices
Theme: Opening to Light

This Midtown Manhattan office suite houses five small financial services companies. These firms work independently as well as collaboratively, so the design for the full-floor office balances privacy and openness.

Drawing on the history of modern design, rich materials like walnut wall paneling, dark terrazzo, leather hand pulls, and sheer wool draperies lend the space a residential feel and serve as a refined setting for the group’s art and vintage design collection.

Off the elevator banks, visitors encounter a sinuously curved wall with an off-center reception desk and a seating area. Glass-enclosed private offices and meeting rooms line the perimeter of the floor. The offices have a custom integrated storage wall and desk unit and a storage window seat. Small open office clusters can be subdivided with sliding glass doors for privacy and security.

Eight different meeting rooms, including a traditional conference room, a library, and a lounge, offer a variety of collaborative work spaces that accommodate different work styles. A corner lounge is outfitted with a communal table, booths, and bar stools at the large island.

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We strive to enliven the everyday experience of the workplace. Here, we used art and unexpected materials to evoke a distinct interior character and reinforce a sense of place. The interiors shouldn’t dictate experiences; they should allow people to find their place within them.

Kiki Dennis, Partner

Collaborators

Deborah Berke Partners
Architect, Interior Designer

ICOR
MEP/FP Engineer

Babich Acoustics
Acoustical Consultant

Illumination Works
Lighting Designer