Lower Manhattan, New York
Near Wall Street, in what was once the dim and claustrophobic attic and elevator rooms of a 1920s skyscraper, is now the open and light-filled offices of Barker. By clearing some walls and cutting a large opening in the floor, we transformed the space into an expansive work center that emphasizes communal problem solving and creativity.
This type of modification in an older building is rare and took a good bit of engineering to make it work. This engineering is exemplified by a winding, sculptural stair that forms the centerpiece of the office and links the main lobby to the group work and dining areas above.
Architect: Specht Harpman