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Sheltering Arms: Manhattan Hub

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.

SHA.M Method Design
SHA.M Method Design

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.

SHA.M Method Design
SHA.M Method Design
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
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