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The NYC-based media company recently relocated to a wholly revamped, 40,000-square foot spread, complete with custom touches like private phone booths, stunning wall art, and a concert hall. And you thought your company's unlimited free coffee perk was pretty dope.
Care to take a look around?
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The company's new headquarters occupy 40,000 square feet spanning the 19th and 20th floors of a decades-old Park Avenue building. The challenge, according to Andrew Bartle Architects, who oversaw the project, was to create a sense of openness and grandiosity while maintaining an environment that encourages productivity, complete with plenty of private spaces.
As you enter, the openness and airiness is quickly revealed in the form of a megawide wooden staircase on display below the glass-lined perimeter of the office's second floor.
Thanks to built-in platforms, it also doubles as an impromptu touchdown space for quick pow-wows and meetings. The whole setup encourages conversation, and gives off a strong college student union vibe.
The scale of the 25-foot high space is exaggerated by a sweeping screen of suspended disks (aptly resembling a curtain of discarded CDs), which flicker in front of a large, translucent blue panel that obscures the view out to the street.
Both hallways on the 19th and 20th floors feature stunning murals that depict musicians of numerous genres and eras. The murals are fashioned from narrow wooden slats along the walls which conceal a couple offices as well as the stairwells, elevator bays, and more industrial structural elements.
As you wander, you'll pass oversized mugs of everyone from Jay Z and Dolly Parton to Michael Jackson and Gene Simmons.
The core workspaces are set up at the end of each hallway. All areas are an amalgam of long desks and glassed-in, brightly colored conference rooms.
While they're partially transparent, the unique dot patterns are meant to provide a little more privacy than you might expect in a full-on fish bowl style setup. So when things get tense, you can rest assured people will only sort-of clearly watch you get pissed.
There are also smaller phone booths to take and make calls without broadcasting to the entire department.
Not impressed yet? Here's something you don't see in many professional work settings of publicly traded companies: a soundstage. Yep, on the 20th floor there's an amphitheater-esque performance space with the capacity for 65 people, perfect to hear a private session from a visiting artist, or, on less exciting days, host a large meeting.
Okay, now fix yourself a K-Cup and get back to work.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor, whose offices totally have a built-in amphitheater, too.