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  7. Media Headquarters / Olson Kundig

Refurbishment in Architecture

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Media Headquarters / Olson Kundig

  • 13:00 - 9 May, 2018
Media Headquarters / Olson Kundig
Media Headquarters / Olson Kundig, © Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig
© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig

© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig © Nicholas Calcott © Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig © Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig + 27

  • Project Manager

    Kristen Becker
  • Interiors

    Cristina Acevedo, Bri Murray
  • Staff

    CJ Christensen, Daichi Yamaguchi
  • General Contractor

    Structuretone
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig
© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig

Text description provided by the architects. The design of this media headquarters reflects the company’s core values of egalitarianism, transparency and provocative journalism while supporting their dynamic daily operation with both individual work studios as well as collaborative social spaces.

© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig
© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig

Housed within an historic 120-year-old Union Square Building, the two-story 43,000 square foot space is located in what was once New York’s epicenter of fashion retail, the so-called “Ladies’ Mile.” A physical extension of client’s desire for transparency, the design of the space reveals the building’s original steel structure and brick walls, preserving its historic materiality. New architectural insertions, including interior walls and building systems as well as finishes and fixtures, integrate with original building elements, a juxtapose of past and present. A high contrast palette of soft white, day-lit “working salons” surrounded by a dark spine of blackened steel stairs, warm inktones and dark woods create a framework for flexible use and transformation of the space from day to night.

© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig
© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig

In contrast with the client’s previous open-office environment, the shared working salons are organized around large perimeter windows that draw natural daylight deep into the space. Salons are scaled to allow for small-team collaborations as well as the individualization of workspaces and environmental control by zone to encourage a quiet yet collaborative, headset-free environment.

© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig
© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig
© Nicholas Calcott
© Nicholas Calcott

The central stair, which also acts as a gathering space and theater, provides a strong connection between the two floors. This space, along with the adjacent reading room, conservatory and lounge, offers flexible areas for writers, designers, and sales and technology workers to meet in groups or work independently. In the evening, projection screens, large pivoting and sliding doors, and theatrical curtains transform the workplace into a hub for parties, films, lectures and cultural convening.

© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig
© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig
Axonometric
Axonometric
© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig
© Kevin Scott/ Olson Kundig

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Cite: "Media Headquarters / Olson Kundig" 09 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/894152/media-headquarters-olson-kundig/> ISSN 0719-8884
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