High Design Meets High Efficiency in an NYC Redesign

Photo by Carlo David.
Photo by Carlo David.

If office design is a function of staff profile, then the employees who work here are sleek, stylish, focused yet community minded, and prize efficiency. This financial institution, whose name is protected for confidentiality reasons, enjoyed a Gensler redesign and the resulting space is both elegant and modern, adept yet collaborative to match the company’s stellar brand and staff of nearly 600-strong.

Who was the building architect?
The original building architect was Emery Roth & Sons in the 1970’s. Gensler designed the modern updates.

Who was the interior architect/designer?
Gensler was the design firm, and Workwell Partners consulted on furnishing solutions.

When was the project completed?
January 2017

Photo by Carlo David.
Photo by Carlo David.

What is the total square footage?
132,400 square feet, across four floors

What is the square footage per person?
225 square feet per person

How many total employees are there and what’s the daily population?
There’s a total of 587 workstations, including trading, workstations and private offices.

What is the location’s proximity to public transportation and other amenities?
Conveniently located just two streets away from Bryant Park and one avenue away from Times Square, the office is easily accessible to BDFMNQRWS7 trains.

Photo by Carlo David.
Photo by Carlo David.

Which furniture brands/dealers were used? Please touch upon any notable products, how they were used, and if they solved a specific problem.
Custom workstations and Zody Task Chairs—both by Haworth—and Divyde charging stations were used in the workstations. In the Town Hall/Café, we implemented Vitra tables and chairs and Naughtone stools. In the Breakout Rooms, we used the Nienkamper Gateway Conference Table and Cone Table, Gubi 3D Stools, Stylex Ridge Guest Chairs, a Coalesse Joel Lunge and a Keilhauer Side Table. Lastly, we used Arper Catifa 46 Stacking Chairs, a Stylex NYC Lounge Sofa and a Keilhauer Talk Table in the Lounge + Multipurpose Room.

What percentage of the space is unassigned?
All seating is assigned.

Photo by Carlo David.
Photo by Carlo David.

How is the company’s brand reflected in the space?
Throughout the space, the brand’s logo and color are prominently featured. In addition, the artwork throughout the space reflects the global perspective of the brand by including many artists from the cities in which the brand has major operations. One outstanding space features a wall mural of the logo and customer-centric quotes that help to convey the brand’s mission statement.

What is the most unique feature about the new space?
The many breakout areas offer employees a variety of settings for preferred work styles. From the booths in the 10th floor café that also double as an event space to the smaller teleconference rooms spread throughout the open floor plan, employees can choose where they feel most comfortable collaborating and working. Another great feature is the data and electrical capabilities found in each of these spaces, so that users can stay connected throughout the working day.

Photo by Carlo David.
Photo by Carlo David.

Please talk about any other notable aspects of the project that make it unique.
One standout feature in the space is the Terrace on the 7th Floor. This terrace provides a space for employees to spend time in the fresh air or even hosting events for clients and industry partners.

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