Location: New York, NY
Size: 8,000 SF
Completion: June 2007
James Wolfensohn stepped down after 10 years as president of The World Bank to open Wolfensohn & Co., a private investment firm that he operates with his children in Midtown Manhattan. When the company expanded to a larger space, its leadership wanted the new office to have an identity that reflects the company culture.
Like most financial service firms in New York, private office space at Wolfensohn wraps around the exterior walls where windows are located. The open work area and the reception area offer the best opportunities for design and innovation.
The design uses simple, low-tech construction to provide a luminous and animated surface. A new ceiling made from polycarbonate panels cut into plank-sized baffles hangs from a typical acoustical ceiling grid by metal snap rings. The baffles absorb sound and filter the ceiling lights, creating a dynamic open area space for work.
[designed while at Architecture Research Office]