New York, New York
About the project
Founded in 1979 by Alexander Cooper, FAIA, and reorganized as a partnership with the arrival of Jacquelin Robertson, FAIA and FAICP in 1988, Cooper Robertson is an award-winning, New York-based architecture and urban design firm. They have completed many distinguished projects including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, the Duke Cancer Center at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, and the Long-Range Development Plan for the University of California, Santa Cruz. Because Cooper Robertson strives to wed practicality and professional rigor with art and design in its work, it asked BR Design Associates to design its one-floor, 12,700-square-foot office in the Financial District. They commissioned an open, airy and contemporary space contrasting minimal, crisply detailed architectural forms and furnishings with an exposed ceiling. Of course, the appealing simplicity of an exposed ceiling typically requires considerable effort to achieve. The office’s top floor
location contained a large amount of plumbing and equipment that was re-routed and coordinated with new infrastructure to create the desired look. The resulting facility for 60 employees, comprising an open office, private
offices, conference rooms, lounge, pantry, reception area and restrooms, appropriately
showcases both design and technology.