Hurd Studios

Soho, Manhattan, New York


Our design for Hurd Studios, a publications and media consulting company, transforms a small office area into an efficient space that fosters their big ideas. We converted wall surfaces from simple dividers into functional items like files, shelving, and lounge furniture. Ductwork, pipes, and other utilities are exposed and woven into the design. Compact offices feel spacious and comfortable with translucent panels and indirect lighting.


The construction system was also unique, given the tight access and occupied floors above and below. We assembled a steel frame inside the space, and inserted pre-cut panels of wood, translucent fiberglass, and other materials into the frame. The resulting assembly is warm and comfortable while being functional and adaptable.


Creative use of common materials and the employment of non-typical trades, such as garment-rack welders to assemble the steel frames, allows this complex and beautiful space to be realized with a limited budget.


Architect: Specht Harpman
Photography: Michael Moran

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