With the renewal of their lease and subsequent office expansion, the Firm’s founders committed to staying in Mies van der Rohe’s landmarked Seagram building throughout their tenure and positioned the firm for the next generation of growth.
The principle of “one firm, one team” guided project planning. Transparency of operation and respect for colleagues throughout the organization is paramount, setting the tone for the workforce of the future and providing for planned growth.
A new, large opening and connecting stair houses a commissioned art piece which reflects the activity and technology of the surrounding workspace. The finishes and spatial characteristics seamlessly merge with the building, extending the perception of Mies’ architecture to the office space. The space was completed in April of 2016.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the “juxtaposition of the structural members with transparent wall surfaces” and “uniform illumination of perimeter offices” as landmarked examples of International Style Design. The designation specified that these elements must remain “virtually intact” to preserve the aesthetic of the Seagram’s Building.
The team was challenged to provide a more sustainable and acoustically effective solution at the perimeter offices, while abiding to the Landmark Designation. Modifications increased NIC ratings by 30% on average, and 50% in certain areas. Speech privacy ratings were also significantly improved, going from “none/poor” to “excellent/highly confidential.”