In considering Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services’ new headquarters at the old Cunard Line Building on Bowling Green in Manhattan—a desire to provide a sense of place and permance for one of New York’s largest social service providers’ staff was key.
This was coupled with Method's planning strategy to use irregularly shaped micro-urban ‘buildings within the building’ that centralize any closed meeting spaces in order to spin out a mix of public space and open desking to the perimeter, where staff has equal access to daylight.
The interplay of the micro-urban buildings then allow various departments to form working neghborghoods in tandem with work-adjacent teams. The result is a vibrant, and varied workplace unified through areas of collaboration, meeting, and eating.
By using irregularly shaped ‘buildings within the building’ that centralizes rooms, a mix of public space and open desking with equal access to natural light for staff is made