TYPE: Programming + Office
CLIENT: Horizon Media
SIZE: 115,000 sf
LOCATION: New York, NY
Horizon Media, the largest privately held media company in the country, needed a drastic change to their office space due to immense growth. Situated on 9 different floors in 3 different buildings, no sense of identity existed despite their mission statement of "making meaningful connections between people."
a+i's work with Horizon began with an intensive programming phase, concurrent with the real estate search, which concluded with the determination that moving downtown was both the right real estate and cultural move for the company. An old printing building, 75 Varick Street, has 360 views, light, high ceilings, and beautiful existing concrete structure that could not be found in midtown. The company's growing new media focus required the company to present an innovative face to both clients and prospective talent alike.
Opening the 3 floors with an internal open stair was the most important move in literally connecting the company. Because both flights of stairs are configured in a straight run, from the 16th reception one can see all the way to the 14th floor social space. Visitors and employees therefore get an immediate sense of the working environment of the company, not just the usual reception and boardroom. To democratize the space and encourage employee circulation through areas outside of their department, important functions are located throughout the 3 floors. Reception and executive suite are on the 16th floor, the glass presentation room on the 15th floor is visible to all from the stair, and the main pantry, terraced seating area, and secondary presentation room are on the 14th floor. The entire staff can gather in the "dunes" seating area and around the stair for pep talks or presentations, a function that had previously required Horizon to rent out hotel conference facilities.