With the bulk of construction done on the second phase of NY headquarters of a global technology company, finishes have started going up, and the floor has started taking shape. Ceiling have been painted, lights turned on, hexagonal carpets glues down, and multicolored data cables have been stretched throughout the office.
Acoustical tiles have been added within an exposed concrete slab, surprisingly dampening the noise within a bustling construction site. All in all, several dozen workers are finishing up their respective pieces, with millwork, glazing and painting happening in parallel.
Slight errors not withstanding, the construction crews have been on schedule throughout, with completion a few weeks out, specialty items have started arriving on site, including a custom OSB amphitheater.
The design of the space was done by Pliskin Architecture, with the help of Lothan Architects in Tel Aviv. The key players on the construction site are: General Contractor – Plaza Construction; Drywall – J.P. Phillips; Millwork – Four Daughters; Electrical – RBSamuels; HVAC – Admore; Glass – Edge Office and Mass Merchandising; Stone and tiles – Urban Construction.
Powering through logistical challenges, and trying to avoid construction crews at all costs, we installed a camera on site at Phase II of the tech office headquarters in midtown to capture the organized chaos! We missed the first few weeks as the painting of the ceiling could have done some serious damage to our camera. But once that hurdle was cleared, and with the help of some industrial grade adhesive, the action cam was up and running. The video here was shot over the course of 3 weeks and serves as a pilot for the final sequence editing. Stay tuned for more.
The construction of the second phase of an international software company NYC headquarters is finally under way. Culminating a several weeks of negotiation, Plaza Construction were brought on board as the general contractor for what will hopefully be a 14 week sprint to the finish line.
First up – concrete work, final pieces of demolition, and layout. 6000sf of floor has already been polished, and next up are 19 columns that will be subjected to grinding by hand, which will expose the building’s original aggregate mix. We will be updating throughout, so stay tuned for highs and lows from the construction site.”
Not all clients are created equal. Specifically when it comes to visualizing a design before it is built. Plans, sections and other architectural projections describe space in almost clinical terms. 2D renderings, as advanced as they can be, are always flat, and almost always exaggerated – they can be a simplified and optimistic expression of our goals for the space. The combination of technical drawings and pretty renderings tell part of the story, and not all clients can piece together a full understanding of their space.
For the Phase II of the global headquarters of an international software company, we decided to test a new tool to try and bridge that gap. With the help of Kai Liang of KX-L and a Samsung Oculus VR headset, we took the client for a virtual test drive in the physical space. Kai’s team took our model and created 360° views of the entrance spaces and the open offices, which allowed the client to engage with space, furnishing, finishes and lighting, while surrounded by real views through the office windows. 4 different members of the client team tested this out – each reacting differently, and teaching us a thing or two about what our different tools are and aren’t able to communicate to an audience varied in architectural expertise.