Austrian Mission to the United Nations, 600 Third Avenue
New York, NY / Completed 2006
The Austrian Mission to the United Nations is a 12,000 SF space containing the main office of Austrian Ambassador to the UN and staff members. The project, located within walking distance to the United Nations, is on the 31st floor of a 1971 glass curtain-wall tower designed by Emery Roth & Sons with spectacular views of Manhattan. The rigorously defined program, mandated by the Austrian government, included that each employee have a separate enclosed office space with windows to the exterior, a condition that might ordinarily obscure views from other interior functions.
The architectural solution was to create a central core containing the support facilities of a conference room, archive, pantry, administration and storage area, surrounded by a circulating corridor whose outer perimeter wall is designed of glass with calculated views through the perimeter office spaces to the cityscape beyond. Having a custom material palette of stone, wood, metal, and plaster, and an imported European glazing system, the time-restricted project was executed in less than four months.