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39. Logan

Location: New York
Program: Office
Area: 650 m² / 7,000 sf
Status: Completed 2012
Team: Ilias Papageorgiou (in charge), Danny Duong, Nicole Passarella, Takuya Iwamura
Recognition: 2012 AIA NY Honors Award



The space is divided into two identical, symmetrical rectilinear spaces. Each long room has a 65 foot continuous custom work table. Accommodating working groups of any size, the shared desks consolidate almost every operation of the company in one place: design, production, and meetings. The end section of each continuous table is divided by glass walls, allowing for acoustically private offices and meeting rooms to share the same work surface. Seamless, floor-to-ceiling translucent fabric walls separate the central work areas, visually breaking down the scale of the space, while maintaining a shared environment, and allowing natural light to penetrate. A stretched PVC luminous ceiling provides totally even, shadowless lighting.

Looking through layers of fabric, people and objects

perpetually appear as if out of focus. Fabric walls catch natural light and change colors as light changes throughout the day. Together, the seamless fabric, luminous ceiling, and continuous desks create an environment of abstraction and scalelessness, freeing those working in the space from typical expectations of use. This abstraction, combined with the symmetry of spaces, the spatial ambiguity of the fabric, creates the illusion of reflections when looking into adjacent spaces, creating a dream-like, surreal experience.

Photos:
1, 3, 4, 10, 11 Naho Kubota
5-9, Iwan Baan