New York, NY | Chicago, IL
Park Tower Group invited Ted Moudis Associates to design their executive offices, which coincided with the overall modernization of the building lobby and adjacent plaza. TMA was selected for their exceptional attention to detail, knowledge of finishes and materials, and their level of personal commitment that is brought to each project. The space needed to quietly reflect Park Tower’s position as a prominent real estate development and management firm, while serving as an example of the superior quality and aesthetic achievement that Park Tower gives to its developments.
The program consisted of not only standard workplace (perimeter private offices, adjacent workstations, conferencing and boardrooms for large presentations), but also gracious circulation space for the display of Park Tower Group’s fine art collection and architectural models. Thoughtful placement of these items was designed for day-to-day enjoyment by both guests and personnel.
TMA drew their design inspiration from the design sensibilities of the client, presenting a concept embracing rectilinear planes and folding volumes. Park Tower Group has a history of working with top architects such as I.M. Pei on the design of 499 Park Avenue, Philip Johnson, and Edward Larabee Barnes for the 535 Madison tower. Furniture selections included Le Corbusier and Mies Van der Rohe classic pieces. Purity of materials and simplicity in detail dictated much of the design, further exemplifing the subtleties of the space.
The finish palette includes bleached oak flooring, pure white marble for credenza and reception tops, pure white fabric wrapped panels, and non-figured anigre. The very light palette is contrasted with blackened brass hardware and the black leather furnishings. After entering the elevator lobby through a brass portal, one enters into the reception through a fold of white marble. A volume of straight-grain anigre folds down from the ceiling to form the backdrop to a white lacquer reception desk. Anigre features again as a cantilevered ceiling plane, balanced atop the office fronts and extending into the offices. The oak floors travel from reception, down the corridors to the offices, where a pale and heavily textured wool carpet presents itself. Full height anigre doors are adjacent to channel-set low iron glass side lights, leaving room for the display of fine art along the main corridor.
The ceiling design plays a prominent role throughout, with an elevated ceiling plane in the offices as well as the conference rooms. Small tape lighting is used to highlight the variations in planes. Lighting throughout is discrete, using LED fixtures for ambient as well as accent lighting. Mechanized window shades are tied into the Lutron system, for seamless control of the window treatments in the conference rooms and reception.
Views played a strong role in plan development. Large swaths of Manhattan are visible from the reception, as well as the boardroom and all the offices. The planning of a wide gallery allows for the display of fine art, but also enables the views on the opposite side of the building to be experienced from reception. The gallery creates a connection between the public reception area and boardroom to the smaller conference room, while ensuring work areas maintain privacy.
The furniture for the perimeter offices was selected to be classically modern and extremely functional. All services, such as the CPU, printers, and cables are hidden discretely within the desking system. Overhead sliding doors allow the offices to remain minimal, with a quick cleanup solution. Additional filing was provided as low credenzas, keeping the modern aesthetic, yet providing the functionality of a paper intensive environment.
Other elements of the design include an executive corner office with custom millwork cabinetry, bookshelves, and an executive restroom.
Location: New York, NY, US