BentallGreenOak Offices – New York City

  • Client BentallGreenOak,
  • size 23,600 sqft
  • Year 2020
  • Location New York City, New York, United States,
  • Industry Financial / Investments,
  • Fogarty Finger used contrasting design moods in various spaces in the newly relocated BentallGreenOak offices in New York City, New York.

    Our team was engaged for interior architectural, FF&E, accessory selection, and art curation services for BentallGreenOak’s workplace relocation to approximately 23,600 RSF at 399 Park Avenue. The office is light-filled and welcoming, with darker woods and moodier palettes in collaborative spaces contrasting with lighter and brighter materials and furnishings in the open-office area. Using an often hip-hop-inspired art collection, our team established a place-specific office grounded in New York City street culture. A calm, serene architectural setting provides a backdrop for art by 22 artists of different races, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds, serving as a conduit and platform for many of their underrepresented stories.

    At the reception desk are customized New York City-specific collages by Brooklyn duo Faile. A pair of lounge chairs and a side table are opposite, including built-in shelving crowned with a sculpture by Angel Oloshove. Adjacent is a reception lounge with a dark-green-hued sofa below a mirror work by Bower Studios and Brooklyn artist Paul Wackers. The coffee table displays a brightly colored orb, also by Angel Oloshove. Nearby, a framed print features a portrait of two black women overlaid with a graphic circular pattern by African-American artist Delita Martin with another gracing a conference room opposite the open-office.

    Down the hallway is a conference room framed by built-in window seating with two works by Araba Ankuma. Adjacent is a boardroom accommodating 20 people and additional bench seating. Green wallcoverings, referencing firm branding, frame a large screen and art wall. Atop the cabinetry rests a white curvilinear sculpture by Kassandra Thatcher.

    Another conference space highlights a multi-colored work by Stanley Whitney — opposite, a breakout area offers a wrap-around sofa and art by Kerry Smith. Two additional conference rooms end the hallway. Between them is a work of wood, paint, and canvas, by Robert William Moreland. Conference rooms nod to hip-hop culture with names such as LL, Jay, 50, South Bronx, Bed-Stuy, and Marcy referencing musical artists and locations prominent in hip-hop’s history.

    Opposite reception, an administrative post houses works by Jonni Cheatwood. Across, an executive office doubles as a meeting room. The adjacent executive lounge features a portrait of late rap artist Biggie Smalls by Mike Rachlis. Beyond are two private offices and a small conference room. Nearby, a phone room hosts a striking work by Cheryl Riley.

    The corridor leads to an open-plan office area with an exposed ceiling featuring adjustable height desks and many collaborative zones including large, custom work tables and smaller round tables. An interior suite of glass-enclosed rooms hosts private offices or meetings, three containing works by Stephan Needham.

    Beyond, a pantry, town hall, and library, combine creating a hospitality-like feel, functioning as a casual meeting or work area, all laptop equipped, for lunch and events. Pops of dark green sofas line the wall. Opposite, a pair of kitchen islands and seating promote casual working or conversation. In the library is a round table with plush leather seating. Within the shelving, black-and-white photos by British-born documentary photographer Janette Beckman captivate.

    Design: Fogarty Finger
    Photography: David Mitchell