28B — August 24 - Sept. 13, 2018 — Owners, Developers & Managers — M id A tlantic

Real Estate Journal


O wners , D evelopers & M anagers

A design strategy that creates a multi-functional space Vocon designs Compass’ Headquarters office in New York City


EW YORK — Vocon , a national architectur- al and design firm, has

completed the design for the New York City headquarters office of Compass, a residential real estate brokerage firm. Compass sought a design strategy that would create a multi-functional space posi- tioned to accommodate brokers and staff, activities, internal meetings and formal events. Compass wanted an office that was visually open and with di- verse environments that would foster work, collaboration and creativity. The Vocon design team

Moss wall

New York City headquarters office of Compass

achieved this goal by striking a balance of different spaces. By offering settings for a va- riety of different experiences within the workday the space enhances innovation and col- laboration. Specifically, the Vocon team designed a series of interlocking zones that include a central collaboration zone, interconnecting stairs, a work cafe, and ancillary coffee bars. The central collaboration zone, centered in the open office environment, provides a spatial break that visually enhances the open office while providing teams with refuge spaces for both private and group collaboration. The Vocon team re-branded the fire stairs in the space as both a means of egress and a tool to connect the floors ex- perientially. Vocon created a moment of relief by adding a moss wall and media center, as well as other spaces that foster incidental moments through- out the day. The work cafe Vocon de- signed for Compass welcomes employees and provides a space to host activities. Vocon includ- ed movable furniture, private booths, a game room + reju- venation lounge, and full AV equipment for presentations. Vocon also created smaller coffee hubs placed strategically near the interconnecting stair, to provide employees with the amenities they need while free- ing more area for huddle rooms and private spaces. “It was exciting to work with Compass and its team to create a dynamic new workspace,” said Debbie Donley, founder and principal at Vocon. “We are pleased to help advance Compass’ mission by creating a productive and energetic workspace for employees and clients.” 




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