The New York Times: On the Hunt for Office Space, Companies Stay Low to the Ground
Via the New York Times:
“In Chelsea, L&L Holding Company and Columbia Property Trust plan to convert the brick Terminal Warehouse, which was erected in 1891 and has a footprint of about 700 by 200 feet. And in Hudson Square, Oxford Properties Group and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board are reinventing the three-story St. John’s Terminal, which was built in 1934 and stretches more than two blocks. Google has already leased the building.
CookFox Architects is working on both projects, and Richard A. Cook, a founding partner of the New York-based firm, said he appreciated groundscrapers for their connection to the street.
‘It’s about getting the workplace embedded in the neighborhood rather than tall and iconic on the skyline,’ he said.
Such buildings can accommodate the health and wellness concerns that were at the fore of office design before the pandemic. Employees can get their steps in by hoofing it to colleagues on another part of a vast floor or climbing stairs rather than pushing an elevator button. And the large rooftops can be landscaped for outdoor meetings and recreation.”
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