Situated on the eighth and ninth floors of the industrial Starrett-Lehigh building, this project for internet content provider Screaming Media departs from traditional notions of the hierarchical office environment. Rather than doors, corner offices and cubicles, we created a series of dynamic volumes that provide private workspace within an open plan. Supple geometry and fluid sculptural spaces act in counterpoint to the ordered grid of columns in the large floor plates.
Our design intent was to reveal the dominant architectural details such as the columns and the continuous window wall. The entire exposed infrastructure, including the HVAC ductwork, was carefully designed as a sculptural element on the ceiling. Working with Vitra design, we designed custom workstations with translucent acrylic desktops.