Transforming Work Environments into Real Communities: Clive Wilkinson Discusses the Publicis Headquarters in New York

There is no doubt that new technologies are transforming the way we work. As autonomous tools and platforms continue to become more portable, powerful and connective, offices are decentralizing, the personal and professional realms are becoming more unified. For those designers charged with fabricating the office for this accelerated and fluid world, this task is an opportunity to both invent new formal interventions and to study the social patterns that are engendered from these kinds of environments. Clive Wilkinson Architects has long embraced the challenges presented by this rapidly evolving typology. While the Culver City-based architecture firm has experience designing across a whole range of programs, the firm is clearly most energized by the workspace. Having designed offices for media and technology leaders such as Google, Disney, BMW and Nokia, those at Clive Wilkinson Architects evidently find themselves within their element when working at the very businesses of constructing new paradigms for work and for play. Their most recent project was creating the new headquarters for the global advertising agency Publicis in New York City. The office spans eight floors of a Manhattan skyscraper and hosts the office's 1,200 employees. Inspired by the connective formation of ...
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