Contractor - BHS Construction
Mechanical Engineer - Mailicoat Winslow Engineers
Photographer - Harold Gaston
The Remax Office started as a white box space under the parking garage in downtown Manhattan. The space was designed to have an open and casual feel with personality to welcome clients. Inside Remax, there are two private offices and a conference room separated from the open floor area by a glass partition. A kitchen with a more residential design in placed towards the back of the open area to give the space a more home-like, comfortable feeling. In the back are restrooms and storage for real estate signage. One of the more challenging aspects of the project was hiding the mechanical mezzanine located above the open floor area and dealing with the sloped ceiling created by the parking garage above. The mechanical mezzanine was masked by a soffit assembly that features lighting design and modern metal and frosted glass panels. The mezzanine not only functions for the space but is hidden in a way that completes the design. One concern in an open office space made of concrete is reverberation. All too often offices can have too much unwanted noise or a feeling of lost confidentiality with clients. To combat these design concerns a perforated metal ceiling application was used with a layer of insulation above. The insulation with the perforated metal panels created a sleek aesthetic and also prevented sound from traveling throughout the office. Another way to facilitate client interactions in the space is through providing a designated space for children.