New York, NY
Phillips de Pury is the world’s largest auctioneer of contemporary art. Their New York offices and galleries occupy over 20,000 sf along the High Line. We were commissioned to gut their existing offices and reconsider the nature of the workplace.
The modern office is defined by two interrelated concepts: the cubicle and the idea of an open office. Both are predicated on the distribution of mass produced objects which together result in the neutral, uniform office environment that typifies American misery. As an inversion of problem, the office is instead conceived as a single communal work surface, with streets and niches carved out to create workspace. The office becomes a collection of difference and sets up unique groupings and relationships among employee teams.
As an inversion of the collection of furniture objects that typifies the modern office, Phillips de Pury’s office is imagined as a collections of voids.
The office is imagined as a single continuous worksurface. Unique trajectories carve out space like streets thru a city to create individual workplaces.
In a conventional office, growth is accomplished by adding more furniture. The proposed reticulated desk surface instead uses its length to accommodate more or less employees without having to change physically.
Project team: Brian Price, Jonathan Lott