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Managed By Q-Hq in New York by Holm Architecture Office + Studio A+H
March 16th, 2018 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Holm Architecture Office + Studio A+H
Managed by Q merges two sides of a business that rarely meet: the high tech IT headquarters with the daily grit of office cleaning and management. The new Managed By Q HQ office is located in SoHo, New York and is designed to reflect the Q brand directly, emphasizing simultaneously hard work and an inclusive and inviting office environment.
Designed around two main ideas, the flexible office space and the program specific wall, the new MBQ-HQ creates a balance that caters to core of the MBQ brand: an office that has the ability to evolve and change on a daily basis while still maintaining its core design identity.
Throughout the main space, natural materials and an array of flexible and operable objects allow for a light and playful interior that can change at any given moment on both larger and smaller scales. The flexible office space allows for a continuous ebb and flow of activity throughout the day with the only fixed element being the centrally placed Q station, a combined standing meeting and reception desk that act as a fulcrum for the diversity around it.
Within the main space, movable full-height raked seating bleachers can be rolled around to physically alter the main space in scale and set up a variety of configurations ranging from smaller scale meeting areas to the monthly all-hands gatherings for hundreds of people. In addition, smaller clusters of movable lounge furniture and planters are designed to create constantly changing configurations and opportunities throughout the day for employees to meet and work in any way imaginable. This compliments the existing exterior walls, which have been built out to create cushioned seating areas allowing people to enjoy the dynamic views in all directions.
As a backbone to the flexible main space, the fixed, programmed, back wall provides all the key elements needed to run the office efficiently on a daily basis along with a few hidden spaces for the employees to use.
Towards the main space, along the full length of the back wall, a series of corian-clad niches provide room for impromptu standing meetings as well as serving stations for events. Carved into the wall, hidden away from the hectic activity of the main space is a working library combined with individual phone booths for deep work. In addition, the wall creates specific niches for the kitchen, wardrobe, bathrooms, IT rooms and smaller staff meeting rooms.
Towards the East of the space, a aluminum clad volume houses the three main conference rooms that help define the eastern edge of the main space and shield the areas behind it. Along the façade, with expansive views of the city, is the staff training areas and the Boardroom.
“With the Managed by Q-HQ space we wanted to focus on a design solution that directly reflects the growth and flexibility that is at the core of the Q brand. With a focus on maximum flexibility, the new design allows for Q to reconfigure how they work and interact on a daily basis”. Matthias Altwicker, Studio A+H.
About Studio A+H
Studio A+H is a New York based architecture and design office founded by Danish architect Jens Holm and American architect Matthias Altwicker.
The office is comprised of a group of architects and designers who work within the fields of art, architecture and urbanism. Our work reflects continuous research of contemporary architectural, political and programmatic issues with the aim of creating new and compelling architectural typologies.
We believe that solving any design challenge is best achieved by an open and inclusive design process. Our past collaborations include developers, engineers, environmentalists, artists, writers, museum directors and fashion designers to name a few. Through these collaborations we broaden our understanding of the opportunities presented by any given design challenge which in turn allows us to design projects that integrate effortlessly into its natural context.