|Pluto probe getting on a mission to deliver the unknown next week|
|James Wassell’s rendering of the digital virtual conference center|
The challenge was to craft within the shell of the existing
historic structure a headquarters facility with the goal of providing brand reinforcement and to empower Kayak to have enhanced connectivity to New York City’s well educated millennial population.
For our architectural intervention we took advantage of the soaring interior space initially designed by James Gamble Rogers and embraced the raw nature of the salvaged building, while referencing air travel, which is at the core of Kayak’s business.
A client request to suspend a used jet fuselage in the hanger like building shell was challenged by the difficulties of getting the aircraft into the historic structure. Alternatively it was decided to build a new fuselage from within.
The existing space was adapted to maintain the sense of building as artifact. Exposed brick, metal and concrete trusses, as well as remnants of the buildings more ornate former life is preserved. Rooms constructed of metal and glass house
offices and support space.
|A suspended catwalk bridge leading to digital conference center|
The fuselage suspended from reinforced trusses houses a digital virtual conference center that connects headquarters to the satellite offices around the world. A suspended catwalk bridge access further emphasizes
the floating nature of the room/object.
Enclosed executive offices are housed on the first floor, while the upper levels are given over to the work stations, collaborative spaces and meeting areas.
To maintain an in-progress character, all mechanicals are exposed. Ductwork rises
through the building from the basement becoming an architectural element in the composition.
The oval shape of the spiral duct reinforces the aeronautics aesthetic.
The reception desk was fabricated from re-purposed plane parts. It’s smooth surface along with polished concrete floors, shiny metal and glass contrast with the rough brick and concrete structure that still shows impressions from its original wooden formwork. Plywood is used as a cladding element, lending its organic warmth to the space.
Beinfield Architecture delivered! Let’s see what the Pluto mission brings!
|The reception desk fabricated from re-purposed plane parts|
the first reconnaissance of the dwarf planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious
Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation.