Rector Office

Rector Office

Architect
Sonya Lee Architect llc
Location
New York, New York, United States | View Map
Project Year
2016
Category
Offices
Alan Tansey

Rector Office

Sonya Lee Architect llc as Architects

A multi-Emmy-winning children's media company and a boutique law firm, specializing in derivatives and securities finance jointly approached us to design their new downtown Manhattan office with the anticipation of future growth. Each firm had unique requirements: one operates as a collaborative creative company, continually producing, editing, and even staging rehearsals; the other, a law firm divided into two sectors that require complete confidentiality, separate circulation, and acoustic isolation. The challenge was to create a space that promotes and enhance each company's unique production yet create a cohesive work space.

photo_credit Alan Tansey
Alan Tansey
photo_credit Alan Tansey
Alan Tansey

A bold CNC-milled felt-clad conference 'pod' divides the two offices, simultaneously providing the necessary separation while offering a shared central collaborative meeting room. Along the sunlit perimeter are open work spaces, divided by frameless glass partitions that allow for the natural daylight but required separations.

photo_credit Alan Tansey
Alan Tansey
photo_credit Alan Tansey
Alan Tansey

Breakout booths carved into the interstitial spaces offer informal meeting areas. Secondary spaces (server rooms, phone booths, storage and printer stations) operate as a buffer between the open work spaces and the more animated, social zones (lounge, pantry, rehearsal room and sound editing suite). The design utilizes the very constraints in the program as a unique opportunity to enhance the diverse works of these two companies in a comfortable workspace inspiring innovation.

photo_credit Alan Tansey
Alan Tansey
photo_credit Alan Tansey
Alan Tansey
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