250 West 57th Street

Interiors, Workplaces
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New York, NY
250 West 57th Street - entry gallery
The entry gallery features artworks by Kenro Izu and Paula Hayes, and features that express biophilic design. Photography by Eric Laignel.
250 West 57th Street - entry gallery detail
Terrariums by landscape artist Paula Hayes define the studio gallery space. Photography by Eric Laignel.
250 West 57th Street - reception
The reception area opens to our Harvest Kitchen, created to be a biophilic heart of the studio. Photography by Eric Laignel.
250 West 57th Street - harvest kitchen
The Harvest Kitchen was created to inspire informal, creative interaction. Photography by Eric Laignel.
250 West 57th Street - east terrace
The East Terrace is the site of our apiary and planting beds for vegetables and herbs. Photography by Eric Laignel.
250 West 57th Street - workspace
The rigorous structure of the historic building is softened by indoor plants that filter the air, offer privacy for workstations, and foster indoor connections to nature. Photography by Eric Laignel.
250 West 57th Street - drawing room
The drawing room offers a feeling of prospect and refuge, a key element of biophilic design. Photography by Eric Laignel.
250 West 57th Street - west terrace
The terrace landscape is populated with native species of sedum, grasses and wildflowers. Photography by Eric Laignel.
250 West 57th Street - west terrace
The West Terrace was designed for working in nature, with an outdoor conference room, large worktables, and more intimate tables for individual work or private conversation. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Interiors, Workplaces
New York, NY
250 West 57th Street - entry gallery
The entry gallery features artworks by Kenro Izu and Paula Hayes, and features that express biophilic design.
250 West 57th Street - entry gallery detail
Terrariums by landscape artist Paula Hayes.
250 West 57th Street - reception
The reception area opens to our Harvest Kitchen, created as a biophilic heart of the studio.
250 West 57th Street - harvest kitchen
The Harvest Kitchen was created to inspire informal, creative interaction.
250 West 57th Street - east terrace
The East Terrace is the site of our apiary and planting beds for vegetables and herbs.
250 West 57th Street - workspace
The rigorous structure of the historic building is softened by indoor plants that filter the air, offer privacy for workstations, and foster indoor connections to nature.
250 West 57th Street - drawing room
The drawing room offers a feeling of prospect and refuge, a key element of biophilic design.
250 West 57th Street - drawings
250 West 57th Street - west terrace
The terrace landscape is populated with native species of sedum, grasses and wildflowers.
250 West 57th Street - west terrace
The West Terrace was designed for working in nature, with an outdoor conference room, large worktables, and more intimate tables for individual work or private conversation.
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Nestled among the skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan are the historic jewels of Automobile Row, the fashionable towers built by companies like B.F. Goodrich and General Motors. COOKFOX chose the 17th floor of the tiered 1921 Fisk Tire Building, designed by Carèrre & Hastings, to explore the next generation of workplace; a studio designed to join three landscaped terraces in an expression of our mission to connect people to nature within the built environment.

The entry is defined by a formal gallery hall, its expanse of exhibition walls and rhythm of concrete beams establishing a sense of focus and groundedness. Through a second portal, the reception area with a domestic scale of materials and furnishings, features a low-ceiling area of refuge that gives way on either side to the full height overhead. This compression point transitions the axis of circulation to an east-west orientation, anchored by framed views of the gardens at each end of the open studio.

Our biophilic studio is designed for wellness, productivity and connection to nature.

A garden and hydroponic towers on the east terrace are adjacent to an interior dining area designed to facilitate creative social communion and connection to nature. Across the studio, the west terrace, a landscape of native trees, wildflowers, sedums, and grasses incorporates outdoor meeting areas. With a third viewing garden, the three terraces incorporate plants and soil transplanted from our former studio, continuing a decade of care for the former rooftop garden.

Connections with nature outdoors extend into the studio space in the use of natural materials and textures for interior finishes and furniture selections that stimulate similar positive biological responses. The lighting system prioritizes daylighting to support healthy circadian rhythms, while high-quality air filtration, zoned temperature control, CO2 monitoring and use of low-VOC materials to ensure the best possible indoor air quality. The studio was certified LEED Platinum and WELL Gold as a measure of these strategies.

COOKFOX bees

Awards

  • AIANY Design Awards: Award of Merit, Sustainability (2019)
  • SARA NY Design Awards (2018)
  • SARA National Design Awards (2018)
  • Fast Co. Design Awards: Honorable Mention, Workplace Design (2018)
  • Stephen R Kellert Biophilic Design Award: Honorable Mention (2017)