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 permanence for one of New York’s largest social service providers’ staff was key.
- Method Design Architecture + Urbanism, PLLC
- Nucor Construction Corp.
- Icor Associates, LSTN Acoustical Consultants, Lauf’s Engineering Design
- Method Design, Transwestern
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 the staff has equal access to daylight.
The interplay of the microurban buildings then allow various departments to form working neighborhoods 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