New York, NY
Completed 2020

Work—Fogarty Finger Architects
Photos—Connie Zhou

Housed in one of the top floors of a boutique building in Meatpacking, this family office was designed ito create a tranquil respite from the hectic surrounding city. The layout attempts to emphasize the incredible views of the surrounding city while providing more introspective moments to display the client’s impeccable art collection.

The client, an avid collector and board member at the nearby Whitney Museum, had purchased an untitled work by the Los Angeles-based artist Mary Corse measuring over nine-feet wide by nine-feet tall. The reception space was designed around the painting with a dark plaster wall to highlight the unframed white canvas, an open ceiling with specialty track lighting, and deep overall room dimensions to give the work perspective. Slowly, the client procured other works by Günther Förg, Alfred Leslie, Stanley Whitney, Carmen Herrera, Andreas Gursky, Howard Hogkin, Diane Tuft, and Brice Marden to fill the walls of his new office.

A rigorous and warm palette—taupe lime wash paint, dark plaster, blackened steel office fronts, and pale white oak millwork and flooring—and a streamlined series of details and material transitions rationalizes the complex plan and ceiling conditions. The layout features workspace for twelve individuals while keeping a residential flair in the front of house and communal spaces. The client required a dining room for informal gathering and group lunches; the resulting north-facing room, supplemented by an adjacent serving pantry, is anchored by a large table, soft seating, and an integral marble feature wall with millwork displays.

Keyplan in Meatpacking District

Library lounge
Executive office

Reception gallery with Mary Corse painting

Executive office vignette
Open work area

Corner executive office with views to the Financial District

Elevator lobby in honed black granite
Seating group with Mary Corse painting

Conference room with Howard Hogkin painting