Location: New York, USA
Project Year: 2013
Area: 1524 m2
Photo: Floto+Warner

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Rafael de Cárdenas turned the New York firehouse, built in 1895, in a small tech startup incubator.

His firm Architecture at Large converted five floors of the building to the various size offices which is capable to accommodate a small start-up in the executive rooms, small private places and open space offices.

These multiple scenarios support a diverse range of start-up teams and allow for flexible groupings as companies come and go.

said the architects, which is known for its colorful designs, such as the neon installation in Miami and men’s clothing in Cape Town.

In addition to the work areas, the office also includes the bleacher seating, roof terrace and backyard. In this space one can conduct informal meetings and group presentations, providing an opportunity for participants to interact with each other.

The building can be accessed through a pair of glass doors with transparent panels. The corridor beyond is lined with small glazed units that are minimally furnished. In the larger rooms elsewhere, glossy desks and ample wooden shelving boxes are provided.

Lighting is installed in zigzags across the ceiling, and tables further illuminated with copper pendant lights. Wooden panels are combined with fluorescent lighting to create a sophisticated but energetic and creative environment.
The external facade is painted in a dark gray color, thus contrasts with the neighbors.

Black Ocean Firehouse was completed in 2013 and won the Office Interiors category in the 2016 A+Awards.

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