2 Lafayette Street – Department of Youth & Community Development

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Project Description

"Layers of light create visual interest — sparking a bright and fun office environment.

The project houses two city agencies over seven floors in a renovated and historic municipal building in downtown Manhattan. The design had to be comfortable, inviting, efficient, allow for collaboration, and meet various agency requirements, as it serves employees and visitors of a wide span of ages and needs. Graphics, bright colors, a custom connecting stairwell — all serve to create visual interest, way finding, and branding.

A consistent lighting solution for changing floorplates and interior configurations enabled a non-chaotic approach that was efficient to implement. There was a heavy mix of daylight and electric light that made color rendition, visual acuity, glare, reflections, and visual comfort all critical considerations. Due to low ceiling heights, mostly direct light was used. The brightness of walls and task surfaces were important layers of light to capture throughout the space.

Project Highlights

• LEED Gold Certification
• Energy use 16% better than code
• Chamfered columns for increased daylight distribution


BKSK Architects


Project Background

• 110,000 square feet
• $30 million

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