With a canvas that spanned over 95,000 square feet and a directive to create a space that would provide a bold and creative environment, IPG UM, a global media and advertising agency enlisted Ted Moudis Assoicates with the design of their Global Headquarters in New York City.
To foster more employee collaboration and team work, the design team shifted away from a traditional layout and towards the creation of an agile workplace. To reduce the scale of the space and provide self-sufficient areas of collaboration, smaller, distinct neighborhoods were created using flooring and other architectural selections to highlight color and depth, while keeping functionality in mind.
The town hall serves as the focal point for the space allowing for casual meetings of groups consisting of varying amounts of collaborators. Adjacent to the town hall is a large screening room which can host informal presentations in a relaxed atmosphere. A large café provides a venue for not only meals, but small meetings and larger presentations.
Rounding out the balance of the space are two dynamic areas. The first is the hidden speakeasy which provides a secret place for employees to work collaboratively or to socialize. The other is the sky lounge, which is a white space with cloud graphics that creates a new world for staff to be creative.
The collective effort and overall design allow for a functional platform to support both the quiet thinker as well as the more interactive and collaborative types.