The Open Planning Project office design seeks to reflect the urban and cultural goals of this not-for-profit entity. The project occupies the top two floors of a renovated warehouse on Lafayette Street. The main floor is organized around a continuous 84 ft. long walnut bookshelf designed to precisely match the map of Manhattan. Each edge of the bookshelf denotes a street, with Central Park transformed into a living green wall. Precise attention was paid toward the size and intersection of streets, with smaller parks identified throughout.
The main open office space lies directly adjacent to the map-wall, providing ample seating for 60 individuals on continuous custom bamboo desks. The project also includes conference rooms, phone rooms, interview rooms and kitchen areas to serve the operations of TOPP. The top floor takes advantage of an expansive green roof deck, proving an open area clad in multiple colors of cork for events and meetings with clear views back to Manhattan in three directions. The seating in the offices are Steelcase’s Think Chair.
The office was designed by LTL, Inc. Photos by Michael Moran.
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