As the perks available in work spaces get ever more ridiculous—game rooms, custom-made art adorning the walls, beauty products on command—a simple communal space that’s available to a building’s employees might seem almost quaint. But when the building in question is One World Trade Center, an open space suddenly becomes a far more attractive employee perk.
The Commercial Observer reports that the Durst Organization, which owns the supertall tower, has partnered with architecture firm Gensler to create a “shared piazza” on the building’s 64th floor, where the building’s tenants (which include Condé Nast, millennial-focused publisher Mic, and gaming company High 5 Games) can mingle and hang out.
According to CO, the space will feature “a work cafe … a game room with table tennis and billiards along with a large room for meetings that can hold up to 180 people … [and] fitness and yoga classes.” (Of course.) It’ll also take advantage of the building’s enormous windows and large floorplans with a double-height ceiling, lots of seating, and more.
Gensler’s Tom Vecchione, one of the project’s designers, told CO that the space “has that personality that office tenants of the next generation are looking for in an office environment”—i.e. well-designed and tech-friendly.
Alas, it’s a perk that only employees of companies at One WTC and their guests will get to take advantage of, but it might provide more incentive for businesses to sign leases in the enormous tower. (There’s still plenty of space left, too.) And while it won’t provide as expansive a view as the Observatory on the 100th floor, the views will be plenty impressive—and that’s a perk you won’t find at the average office building.
- A Look Inside 1 WTC’s ‘Piazza’ in the Sky [Commercial Observer]