Avenue Holdings New Offices|
Construction Manager &
MUSHO Architecture and Design LLC
483 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Location: New York, New York
Date Bid: Dec 2008
Construction Period: Dec 2008 to May 2009
Total Square Feet: 11,000 Site: n/a
Number of Buildings: One
Building Size: Tenant build out, 11,000 square feet.
Building Height: Tenant build out, 14’3”; 74'-0" total building
Basic Construction Type: Tenant Build Out
Foundation: N/A. Exterior Walls: N/A. Roof: N/A.
Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Leslie E. Robertson Associates, LLC - 40
Wall Street, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10004
General Contractor: Renco Construction Company - 2221 Fifth
Avenue, #13, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Progressive Engineering LLC -
131 East 35th Street, New York, NY 10016
Expediting Team: Metropolis Group, Inc. - 22 Cortlandt Street,
10th Floor, New York, NY 10007
Tenth Avenue Holdings (TAH) Corporate Headquarters is a 11,000
square-foot space on the penthouse level of a renovated warehouse
building located in the burgeoning Hudson Yards District in New York.
TAH turned to MUSHO Architecture and Design, with over 17 years of
experience in inspired commercial office design, to create an office
that reinforced collaboration between the partners and all of the firm's
staff. TAH is a private investment firm that aims to "identify and
invest in private and public operating and real estate businesses that
demonstrate long term growth and cash flow potential". This firm needed
to ensure its offices would represent their unique attitude on business.
Because many of the Partners of TAH began their careers in the
hospitality industry, it was very important to consider the entire
experience from the building entrance, to their own reception lobby, and
throughout their entire space. MUSHO Architecture and Design knew that a
feeling of warmth would be achieved by knitting` the existing materials
of the original building with new, advanced, complimentary materials. On
the lobby level, the brick exterior wall is exposed and a column is clad
in a lacy wood veneer. The Penthouse entrance combines the original
brick party wall, exposed timber framing, and wood floors from the late
1800's combined with Venetian plasters, Louis Poulsen lighting, and
custom made wood furniture.
Once one enters the TAH offices, the visitor and staff alike are greeted
by a new brick wall that serves as the divider between public and
private. This public conduit runs the length of the space. It begins
with a new brick wall, punctuated with curved and straight brick
archways. The TAH logo rests perfectly on the brick wall peppered with
staggered Artemide wall lights. The new brick wall works in concert with
the load bearing brick party wall that holds the important memories of
the Partner's original firms.
To further the tenet of the open door policy of every staff member at
TAH, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and doors are used at every private
office. The executive offices are wrapped in natural light.
Special windows with a Low-E coating, natural light that penetrates
internal spaces, and occupancy sensors inside all offices create an
element of high performance. Each office is custom designed for each
Partner. The common thread is a central iron and etched glass chandelier
in each room. MUSHO Architecture and Design also felt it important to
provide a variety of areas that would allow purposeful meeting of fellow
members of the TAH firm. This was achieved by many conference room types
including the large Board room with a custom designed conference table
with full video conference capabilities, an Atelier room that functions
as their creative breakout room with a small formal meeting area, a
lounge area with a TV and full custom counter with refrigerator, and an
area with four club chairs to discuss ideas in a less formal
environment. There is also a smaller conference room with a Vitra
conference room table and seating. The fondly called "Blue Room" enjoys
the sunset views over the Hudson.
One issue for many companies is that fellow Owners meet only in
quarterly meetings. MUSHO Architecture and Design believes the less
formal encounters breed creativity in an office environment. The
Architect further accomplished this by the introduction of a café bathed
in brick and amber colored glass tile as a modern interpretation of the
brick, and using sycamore and black ash woodwork. Everyone feels as if
they are eating their lunch together in the comfort of their own home
but with an added energy possible only in a well designed space.