Cook + Fox is well known for their commitment to environmental sustainability and profound passion for design excellence. We’re huge fans of their work, especially One Bryant Park, one of our favorite green buildings in New York City. Thanks to their superior work, Cook + Fox recently won a 2011 Interiors Merit Award from AIA New York for their new offices at 641 6th Avenue. The new work environment, which received LEED-CI Platinum, is a refreshing space more aligned with the firm’s drive for sustainability.
The new Cook+Fox office space at 641 6th ave is an spacious studio with an open floor plan, 14-foot ceilings, and original turn of the century aesthetics. The space had originally served as a late 19th century department store, the former Simpson, Crawford, Simpson, located in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District.
The new office is now located in a the building’s penthouse, which the firm expanded with a new layout. Daylight fills the entire office, with sun beaming in from seven directions, allowing the entire space to depend predominantly on natural light — and gives the architects beautiful views of the New York skyline. The natural light is supplemented by metal-halide and fluorescent fixtures controlled with dimmers.
To improve the interior environment, the ventilation system was upgraded “with a variable-frequency drive and additional filtration.” Low VOC paint and finishes were also used and light warm colors were chosen for a more aesthetically pleasing and relaxing design. Additional heating and cooling reconfigurations were done to provide multiple zoned controls.
In an effort to also save on water consumption, waterless urinals were installed in the men’s restroom, dual-flush toilets in the women’s restroom, and the faucets are sensor-activated. Together, this now reduces water consumption by over 40 percent.
The most impressive green feature of the new Cook+Fox office however, is the 3600 square foot planted rooftop garden that surrounds the outside of the office. According to the firm, the garden is visible from every single workspace in the office. The roof is planted with drought-tolerant, and low-maintenance sedum species that will help the green roof reduce stormwater runoff and decrease the building’s cooling consumption.
The Cook + Fox offices is one of the first projects in New York State to have been certified LEED-CI platinum from the US Green Building Council. With the gorgeous green roof and relaxing office space, one couldn’t really ask for a better place to work!