Washington , District of Columbia , United States
Shaping workplace culture through design
For decades, SOM has designed cutting-edge workplaces with the conviction that architecture has the power to shape an organization’s culture. For our own office in New York City, we took the opportunity to demonstrate what a forward-looking workplace can be. Spanning two interconnected floors at the SOM-designed 7 World Trade Center, our 80,000-square-foot office fosters collaboration and community.
A wide opening at the center of two floors creates the “forum”—a dynamic space for gatherings and events. The floors are connected by a timber stair that leads directly into a shared cafe and lounge, as well as amenities for meditation, prayer, and breaks. Work areas are organized around collaboration zones, embodying the principles of openness, mobility, and teamwork.