The coolest office in the world?
Canadian architect Frank Gehry is possibly one of the most well-known figures in his field. His buildings have won accolades across the world and his works are regularly referred to as some of the most important in contemporary architecture.
It’s no surprise then that the IAC Building in New York has become another resounding success, with Vanity Fair even describing it as the world’s most attractive office building.
The world’s most attractive office building?
Settled in vibrant Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan, the building houses the headquarters for American internet company InterActiveCorp, and was completed in 2007.
Situated in the trendy Chelsea district of Manhattan, the address itself makes it a desirable residence, but Gehry’s flair is what makes the construction particularly special.
This project was Frank Gehry’s first New York building, and was hotly anticipated – would he reflect the fragmented, deconstruction of his early work? Would this project be a tame watered-down version of the raw energy he usually expressed through his aesthetics?
A fresh, flowing origami structure
The curve appeal of the clean, white glass forms of the IAC was at least a welcome departure from Manhattan’s grey corporate towers, a fresh, flowing origami structure in a sea of concrete monoliths. It was a sign that developers in the city are upping their creativity and searching for a new urban identity in the wake of 9/11 after decades of settling for soul-sapping office spaces.
Twisted tower sections likened to a beehive!
Like several other Gehry buildings, the IAC appears to consist of two main levels. There’s a large base of twisted tower sections that many commentators have likened to a beehive, with a second, smaller block of cells balanced on top. The building units give the impression of sails that have been stretched around the edge of the construction.
Despite looking just two storeys tall at first glance, the IAC actually consists of ten floors. Employees can enjoy a viewing area on the ninth floor that offers views across the city. There’s also more than twenty conferencing facilities throughout the building that are fitted with state-of-the-art technology, making the office space productive as well as aesthetically pleasing.
A must see if you’re planning a trip to NYC
If a trip to New York is on your agenda, it’s well worth putting a little time aside to pay a visit to the IAC. But do be warned that your own office might seem just a little bit boring in comparison.
Author: Caroline Gough Date Written: 15 October 2012