ESKW/A worked with Steven Sclaroff Design to convert this former warehouse into 23,000 SF of flexible office space for Mother Industries, an international advertising agency. Located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, the building’s design maintains the character of its manufacturing past by preserving the rough-hewn floors.
A new central stair marries the three large floor plates and provides a cohesive visual and spatial connection. A generous skylight caps the stairway and filters light through the building in keeping with open ethos of the program. Below, the cafe anchors the space at the foot of the central stair where employees gather for coffee, lunch and impromptu meetings. An open floor plan allows for a fluidity of spaces and is a catalyst for easy collaboration, tenets critical to the creative work of the agency.