Suspended steel interconnecting stair from break-out zone.
Bamboo reception desk and staggered aluminum panel flooring with aluminum elevator lobby gate beyond.
14th floor conference rooms volume.
Splice joint and suspension connection detail at three-part steel interconnecting stair.
Library bars provide a porous, acoustically absorptive transition from open office area to lunch+coffee zone.
Overview of open office area with opened perimeter windows, daylight-sensor lighting, and custom perimeter book-bar.
Northwest aerial axon of 23rd and 24th floors with open office, interconnecting stair, orange bar enclosure for acoustically private programs, and library bars for circulation to lunch+café zone.
Conference+Library bar graphic studies.
Lunch+coffee zone with library bars beyond.
Time zone waiting area.


Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, New York, NY

Situated on the penthouse levels of a landmarked Wall Street tower, the LEED Silver Cerfified new offices for acclaimed consulting engineers Buro Happold are stripped to expose the structure of the building. All existing architectural finishes and MEP systems were removed. Working closely with BH engineers, R+L worked to weave a new and completely exposed grid of air, power, data, and lighting systems into the space.

On all three floors, “breakout zones” punctuate the large open office areas for informal meetings and long bright orange bars define the spaces’ southern edges, providing an acoustically private zone for meeting rooms and server, plotter, and storage functions. On the 23fl, RLA sliced open the bar to create a set of book-lined passages that access one of the kitchenettes and lunch bar. The project includes a reconfigured main entry with aluminum floor, three mesh gates, bamboo reception desk, and a new open stair connecting to the 24fl and a new 50 person meeting center.