Size: 250,000 s.f. over 14 floors
The Ammirati Puris Lintas offices express the agency's philosophy within a well-crafted architectural framework that defines an under-stated, functional, and open place of work. The design creates a clean, white, and uncluttered interior to serve the range of creative, account and research activities. The setting emphasizes the vitality of the agency's creative process and the daily activities of its people.
The design concept creates visual and spatial connections to the urban culture of Manhattan.
A sequence of framed views, featuring the East River, the United Nations Headquarters, terminate the entrance/reception sequence and the primary circulation routes. The City's grid of avenues, streets, and squares is adapted as a metaphor for the plan order. The characteristics of the industrial New York loft – white walls, high ceilings, natural light, and open space – are translated in the image of the office interiors.
A clear spatial sequence of entrance, reception, meeting and work areas establishes the order of the plan into patterns of movement and open areas. Within this order, a series of prototypical spatial modules for executive offices, standard offices, open workstations, and staff assistant stations are organized to create integrated team work areas to reinforce the spirit of collaboration and teamwork that informs the agency's creative process.
The material and colour palette is limited to white paint for walls, columns, and ceiling planes; gray carpet for typical floors; and hardwood flooring at selected reception and client waiting areas. Custom-designed elements in beech wood, white Carrara marble tops, and perforated metal, inject materiality and texture as counterpoints to the disciplined order of the work environment.
One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY
Ammirati Puris Lintas
Bruce Kuwabara (design partner), Shirley Blumberg (partner-in-charge), Kevin Mast and David Jesson (project architects), Anthony Provenzano, Heather Dubbeldam, Brian Main, Matthew Wilson, Mike Poitras, Mark Berest, Prish Jain, Leah Maguire, Karen Petrachenko,
Severud Associates (structural), Jaros Baum & Bolles Consulting Engineers (mechanical/electrical), Renee Cooley Lighting Design (lighting), Cosentini Associates (telecommunications), Barsky & Associates, Inc. (A/V), Cerami & Associates Inc. (acoustics)
- 1998 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Awards, Honourable Mention
- 1998 National Post Design Exchange Gold Award