Tech Office, Almost Finished

Final pieces of the full floor renovation of the NYC tech office have started to arrive. With lights being installed throughout the floor, the second phase of the technology company’s NYC expansion, more of its unique features can now be understood.

flex desk - almost finished

The colorful kitchen, the collaboration desk, the open offices – between new furnishings arriving weekly, and electrical wrapping up, many spaces are almost finished, with only technology missing to get the spaces operational.

open offices - almost finished

Color coordinated cables, colorful chairs, custom hardwood work tables, exposed concrete elements, and sweeping views, the design sets a different tone for the work and the workers on the floor.

pantry - almost finished

The pantry’s main feature is a central bar that is made of recycled skateboard tops from the Focused Skateboard Woodworks in the Netherlands. The bar was custom made align with Pliskin Architecture’s Design for the pantry – we’re hoping for a central platform for exchanges between seated and transitory employees – a unique piece in the center of the new community on the floor.

flex desk - almost finished

A long, zigzagging table, partially suspended from the slab above, faces fabulous southern exposures, and allows for impromptu meetings or landing spots for employees from the company’s other global offices. The lights in this area are also elongated, and randomly scattered against the rigid backdrop of the waffle slab above.

pantry - almost finished

Project Manager – Travis Bunt; Lead Designer – Tom Heltzel;

Project Team: Barak Pliskin, John Buonocore, Mat Staudt, Switchaya Yingsree, Tom Heltzel, Travis Bunt
Associate Designer: Lothan Architects 

Phase II Taking Shape


taking shape

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.

taking shape

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.

taking shape

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.

taking shape

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.

Construction Time Lapse!

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.


Construction Begins on Phase II

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.
construction begins
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.”
construction begins

Virtual Reality Test Drive

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.

Virtaul Reality View 1
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.

Virtual Reality View 2