Sotheby’s

The 600,000 square-foot auction house and office building called for a 400,000 square-foot expansion and renovation of the existing Sotheby’s facility at 72nd Street and York Avenue. The new building is organized around a 150 foot high façade-atrium. The emphasis of the design was to dramatically increase the amount of natural light in the facility while protecting the artwork and heirlooms within through an artful combination of transparent and translucent glass panels.

New York, NY 2001 Kohn Pedersen Fox, Kevin Kennon Design Principal

Lehman Brothers Headquarters

745 Seventh Avenue was originally designed for Morgan Stanley as a ‘build-to-suit’ 1.1 million-square-foot commercial office building with a 14,000 square-foot adjacent public ‘pocket-park’ located partially within the Time Square Zoning District between 49th and 50th Streets. Conceived as a sister building to Morgan Stanley’s Headquarters at 1585 Broadway, the building was sold to Lehman Brothers after it was completed in the fall of 2001. The project was co-developed by Morgan Stanley and the Rockefeller Group that holds the lease on the 65,000 square-foot property.

The 15,000 square feet of required signage was integrated into the architecture of the building. A new type of LED signage that is not commercial, but rather site-specific, was created in collaboration with Imaginary Forces.

Lehman Brothers Headquarters won the 2001 Construction News Award.

New York, NY 2001 Kohn Pedersen Fox, Kevin Kennon Design Principal

European Central Bank

United Architects’ scheme for the European Central Bank site and volumetric strategy strengthens connectivity on different scales: local, national, continental / European, and global. It cultivates the differences between the skyscrapers versus a new metropolitan model, mono-functional programming versus diversity, while aiming to enforce a complementary relationship.

The sphere is an aerial void space with loops connecting through different security levels. The floor plates create spatial complexity by rotating and stacking through the sphere.

The ECB building is supported by an integrated skin-and-structure system, unified by adaptable and flexible nodes. The skin composition of glass with primary and secondary structural mullions was generated by designing a geometric algorithm of tessellated subdivisions for parametric surfaces.

Boeing Headquarters

This 55,000 ft² showroom for The Boeing Company at their headquarters in Seattle, Washington is a sleek, immersive environment for the configuration of their new jet, the revolutionary 787 Dreamliner. This aircraft is on the cutting edge of aerospace technology and passenger comfort. The showroom reinvents the way in which airplanes are configured.

The site is an existing warehouse adjacent to the 787 production hangars. Through voice recognition and motion detection control systems, international airline executives navigate virtual selection environments, physical component displays, and partial mock-ups of the aircraft interior. This design uses CNC milled foam panel construction with a plaster finish, similar to the technology used in fabricating the mock ups themselves. Concealed lighting and integrated audio-visual technology systems reflect the spirit of the aircraft’s interior: seamless, interactive, and fully customizable. The program calls for nine discrete galleries which are organized around four central atria. These atria are divided by a ramp that leads out to the cockpit mock up that hovers above the showroom’s entrance.

Seattle, Washington

Omniyat Apex Tower

The project began with the premise that this 52,800 square-meter Harbor Office Tower for Omniyat Properties must be a passionate and articulate response to their values and vision. The tower needed to express bold identity and originality in character, maintain high efficiency and functional qualities, integrated with the urban context, and exemplify the highest quality in material selection.

The tower design is based on two square floor plates which shift incrementally in opposite directions as they move up the 160 meter high central core. This creates an elegant twisting figure as these segments of the tower stretch the skin between them and pass each other on the ascent upward.At the top of the tower, the forms straighten and envelop the core, creating a unique form which houses large floor plates with spectacular water views. The view of the building is different from each vantage point and maintains an unmistakably bold character.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2008