Contract - May 2011 - (Page 112)

design par excellence HOK designs its own efficient, eco-friendly New York headquarters to superbly illustrate how the firm practices what it preaches By Jean Nayar • Photography by Eric Laignel The ultimate place for a design team to showcase its talents—and its values—is in its own offices. And when the time came for the designers in HOK’s New York office to create a new headquarters for themselves, they took full advantage of the opportunity to creatively tap their own resources and cra a sleek, nuanced, eco-friendly environment that brings out their ve best. The 34,000-sq.- ., L-shaped office overlooking B ant Park behind New York’s main public libra had eve thing going for it—even before the designers made it their own. “A er an extensive search spanning several months, we found that this space had all the ingredients we were looking for,” says HOK principal Rick Focke. “It had the right square footage, it was above the B ant Park tree line, and it’s at a major hub for commuters (whether by subway, train, or 112 contract may 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - May 2011

Contract - May 2011
Resources: Salone Internazionale Del Mobile
Exhibition: Neocon® Preview
Focus: Timeless Tradition
Focus: In the Nude
Green: Does It Cost More to Build Green?
Practice: Gimme Some Slack!
Hat Trick
Eloquent Transformation
New Life
Design Alchemy
Home Cooking
Hive Life
Par Excellence
Designers Rate
Process: Cultural Connection
Process: Productive, People-Friendly Places
Ad Index

Contract - May 2011