This article follows the move of the New York offices of Gensler – the nation’s largest design firm – to new offices in Rockefeller Center. The 66,000-square-foot office, which received a silver from the U.S. Green Building Council. Just as important, according to the author, the design stepped beyond the green to incorporate sophistication and comfort into the formula for an exceptional and livable workspace.

Office collegiality is emphasized through designer elements like center hubs at each level, large open team areas awash with daylight and views of neighboring roof gardens. But just as important according to the author is the play of color and artwork that “bring urbanity and luster to the green scene, showing that culture and environmental awareness are compatible parts of one sustainable strategy whose message is communicated to staff and visiting clients through a graphics program that “visually displays what their brand is all about – spaces that support innovation.

Source: C.C. Sullivan, Interior Design; Sep 1, 2007

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