Condé Nast: New York's Trendiest Headquarters

March 02, 2015

March 2015 marked the completion of Condé Nast’s headquarters when Turner's Interiors group turned over the last phase of the 23-story, 1.2 million-square-foot build-out at One World Trade Center. 

"This is more than just an office building. It’s a project that affirms America's resiliency and solidifies the era of a new icon in Lower Manhattan," said Michael Beirne, project executive, Turner Interiors. 

The final project phase, which included the cafeteria and conference center – familiarly known as “the Amenities” – was the most anticipated and debated of the entire project. The company’s original amenities floors, designed by Frank Gehry, were so well loved and celebrated that it seemed doubtful the new design could evoke the same emotion.  But at turnover, there was little doubt as to whether the occupants would take to their new space. 

Gensler, the global design firm, designed Condé Nast’s offices which house Vogue, Architectural Digest, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, among other print and digital brands. The design features custom finishes throughout; including spalted celtis wood wall panels and tabletops, dark chocolate and cream colored leather banquettes and lounge chairs, ornate chandeliers, and digital media walls.  One of the most striking architectural features is the spiral staircase that connects the cafeteria, located on the 35th floor, to the conference facility and gallery on the 34th floor.  Accented with high tensile, powder coated steel cables, the stair creates a stunning visual effect against the background of the office’s expansive lower Manhattan views and has already become a social media sensation.

“Condé Nast has always been ahead of the curve in terms of fashion, food and cultural trends, and in the real estate world the center of gravity shifted when they made the decision to move Downtown” said Robin Klehr Avia, Regional Managing Principal at Gensler. “The design of their new space is both elegant and refined.” 

The project's completion marks a milestone in the revitalization of lower Manhattan and epitomizes the essence of what separates Turner from construction companies nationwide, “Turner was integral to completing the project on time and within budget” said Robert Bennis, managing director of Real Estate, Condé Nast. 

Reflecting on the success of the project Michael credited the strong working relationships between project stakeholders, saying, “My team maintained constant communication with the Port Authority and numerous other consultants facilitating over 240 individual building inspections; we negotiated challenges, adjusted our schedules and worked tirelessly to delivery on our promise of impeccably crafted interiors."

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