The design for the New York Family Office was based on philanthropy and the generosity of shared space. The two-story headquarters of a family-run philanthropy faces the Hudson River and Manhattan and integrates the first New York installation of a James Turrell piece. The perimeter office layout means never losing connection with the city. The three-dimensional, two-story “Egg” is a sculptural element where one can escape into the ethos of James Turrell’s “nothingness.” The architecture responds to the form at its edges in plan, section, and elevation. SheltonMindel created a dialogue with the "Egg" by incorporating Josef Albers' theory of color and by exploring the effects of color on environment and psychology in the design. Each floor was designated a color, navigating from blue, to yellow, to orange, to purple, to pinks and reds, all visible through the dominant use of glass. The bursts of color are kept in check by conceptual rigor. Beneath the “Egg” is a public meeting area. Three-story vertical circulation links three of the floors perpendicular to the large glass fenestration with Hudson River views.


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