Red Bull's New York Offices / INABA

Red Bull's New York Offices / INABA

© Greg Irikura © Naho Kubota © Greg Irikura © Naho Kubota + 23

  • Architects Authors of this architecture project INABA
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    16800.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Watson Furniture
  • Architects in Charge

    Jeffrey Inaba, Ostap Rudakevych, Yoichiro Mizuno, Alan Kwan
  • Photographs

  • Executive Architect

    SLAB Architecture, Brooklyn, NY: Jill Leckner, Matthew Voss, Min Chen
  • Lighting Design

    WALD Studio, New York, NY: William Armstrong, Kelly Roberts
  • Structural Engineer

    Buro Happold, New York, NY: Jeffrey Thompson
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Kam Chiu Associates, New York, NY: Kam Chiu
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© Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota

Text description provided by the architects. With major companies branding their workspace and all of the talk about the new way we work, Red Bull took a different approach.

7th Floor Plan
7th Floor Plan

Best known for its high-energy drink, the company wanted its New York offices to be low-key. The 16,800 SF project doesn’t celebrate the company’s values with eye-catching forms, nor is its layout inspired by recent theories of workplace productivity.

© Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota

Instead, the design is simple and without the pretense of being on the cutting edge of cool tech office design. It responds to the quick cycling of trends in workplace interiors by steering clear of large-scale gestures, playful lounge zones, or urban-inspired ad hoc décor.

© Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota

If the new standard for corporate offices is to create a physical experience that builds on the brand qualities the company has successfully established in digital media, then Red Bull’s New York space is the antithesis of this best practice. There isn’t a reliance on storytelling or graphic imagery; the space is dialed back to reset the focus of the experience on the basic architectural qualities of scale and light.

© Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota

Acknowledging that offices and technology are evolving quickly and the future functions of the work environment are unpredictable, the architects composed a layout of spaces with distinct, fixed features. The three types of spaces are large open zones, medium-sized enclosed areas, and small rooms. They are used now as open office seating, conference areas, and small meeting/workrooms, respectively. Designed to be unique in size and day lighting and not to any particular functions invites people to invent new uses for them in the future.

8th Floor Plan
8th Floor Plan

To emphasize these elements of the project, INABA worked with the photographer Naho Kubota who shot the space using film. The images in this series include closely framed views that describe the sense of proportions and natural light in the spaces. Other photos by Kubota and Greg Irikura document the color of surfaces, materials, and furniture.

© Naho Kubota
© Naho Kubota

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Address: New York, NY, USA

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Cite: "Red Bull's New York Offices / INABA" 19 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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