bjarke ingels group unveils its new york headquarters in DUMBO, one of brooklyn’s most dynamic, forward-looking neighborhoods.
the 50,000-square-foot studio occupies the entire block with space for over 250 employees on one floor and with plenty of room to grow. as the revitalized industrial neighborhood is situated along new york’s east river, the continuous glazing which lines the open-plan studio offers panoramic views of the adjacent manhattan skyline. designed and planned by BIG’s interiors team, the office is characterized by repeating elements which offer a coherent continuity to the sweeping, open space.
the bjarke ingels group studio space is sited at 45 main street, directly between the monumental brooklyn and manhattan bridges. the neighborhood is defined by its like-minded creative residents and design-oriented companies. developed by two trees management, the BIG studio offers a range of opportunity for collaborative work. a private rooftop for gathering and conference meetings, in addition to the pre-existing 9,500-square-foot roof space designed by james corner field operations. the full-sized cafeteria is commonly used for informal meetings and events throughout the year. the scale of the building allowed for the expansion of BIG’s workshop, which includes two large fabrication and assembly spaces with wood working and digital fabrication.
the lofty interiors offer space for the studio’s large-scale models and furniture mockups. a gallery along the south side connects east to west. this gallery is flanked on one end by exhibition shelves with the studio library for building samples opposite. the space is illuminated by a grid of 150 pendants designed by kibisi across the north side, and a variety from the ‘alphabet of light‘ series by BIG with artemide. transparent enclosed meeting rooms feature scoop-chairs organized by color, with hues ranging hot to cold. the visual continuity of the massive studio is further obtained with the use of three unique steel finishes — chromatized steel, hot rolled steel and galvanized steel — which are strategically incorporated throughout the space.