wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac
 
wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac
jun 16, 2014

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac

wieden+kennedy’s 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac
photo © bruce damonte

 

 

 

the design for renowned advertising agency wieden+kennedy‘s 50,000 sq.ft new york office embraces urban density as its motto. conceived by architecture office WORKac, this motto manifests as a minimal compression of individual work areas, which open up room for a gradient of diverse collective spaces. the overall architecture moves away from the ‘office as a playground’, to put work back at the heart of creative endeavors.

 

in relation to wieden+kennedy’s highly collaborative nature, WORKac designed a wide range of discussion spaces to accommodate meetings and gatherings of varying size, privacy levels, and duration. throughout, teams can choose to hold quick reviews standing up at 10 foot long over-the-counter blackened steel tables, have informal discussions in lounges with comfortable furniture and natural wood floors, or gather in the kitchens for working lunches.

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac

7th floor view of the central coin stair with over-the counter meeting, phone booths, and open office spaces beyond
photo © bruce damonte

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac

photo © bruce damonte

 

 

more traditional meetings can be held in conference rooms that range in scale from smaller, intimate ‘phonebooths,’ to ‘picnic-table’ meeting rooms that accommodate up to 10 people to larger, formal ‘widen-long’ conference rooms. glass walls create a sense of lightness and transparency to the space. clusters of these different meeting spaces are organized around groups of 20-25 people in open offices, featuring polished concrete floors.

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac

coin stair and spiral stairs connect all three floors vertically
photo © bruce damonte

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac

a perforated metal spiral staircase connects the 7th and 8th floors, leading to a generous bamboo-clad, library den
photo © bruce damonte

 

 

a series of larger collective ‘moments’ are distributed vertically to serve as the connective tissue for the agency. these spaces open up views across the office through circular oculi that create the largest possible openings in the floor slab while minimizing structural impact. connecting the 6th and 7th floors, a circular shaped, walnut-clad ‘coin stair’ features bleacher seating that can accommodate office-wide meetings or informal discussions below a spider-shaped structure that transfers load from a removed column.

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac

neighborhood showing over the counter meeting space, picnic table conference room and open office spaces
photo © bruce damonte

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac

view of over the counter meeting space with a lounge and picnic table meeting room
photo © bruce damonte

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac

photo © bruce damonte

 

 

on the 7th floor, inside the office, a large, multi-purpose gym offers additional space for interaction and recreation. the space doubles as a ‘black box’ to accommodate the whole office for lectures or film screenings.

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac

central kitchen space on the 6th floor
photo © bruce damonte

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac

outdoor park as work space
image © raymond adams

 

 

to bring the outside in, a double-height space on the 6th and 7th floors is combined with the removal of the existing windows and a new interior storefront to create an outdoor park surrounded by blueberry bushes and visible from the street. completely wired for power, music and wi-fi , employees can use the outdoor space to meet, eat lunch or even take a bi-weekly yoga class.

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac
outdoor park and view into the 6th floor office space
photo © bruce damonte

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac
outdoor park
image © raymond adams

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac
8th floor library
photo © bruce damonte

wieden+kennedy's 50,000 sq.ft new york office space by WORKac
library and view through the spiral stair
photo © bruce damonte

 

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  • The space is so beautiful! And I couldn’t work there. I just left a job solely because it had a no barriers floorplan. I felt like I was on display in an ant farm. Open spaces are great for doing collaborative physical labor, as in a factory shop; they’re just horrible for doing knowledge work (even if it’s collaborative) that requires deeper understanding and creativity. Perhaps that’s only the case for introverts like me, though, so I guess if you want a vacuous staff that lives solely on the shiny surface of things, you might want to consider an open office space. I understand architects at big firms and MBAs think they’re great, though.

    E.M. Wudhaus
  • As someone who just moved into one of these “no barriers” offices, you better believe it can be a nightmare. I keep wanting to shout “INDOOR VOICES” thereby of course adding to the din. And whenever someone retreats to one of the quiet rooms, everyone wonders if he/she is dying, getting a new job… a bill of goods has been sold under the rubric “collaboration” when it’s really all about real estate prices.

    ELIZABETH
  • Nice comprehensive post and the space is beautiful. With cement floors and high ceilings it must get so noisy. And only 9 private offices? That’s a nightmare.

    laura sweet

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