For one of the country’s oldest, and most esteemed, men’s magazines, FdM:Arch created offices that respect publishing’s deadline-driven nature as well as Esquire’s handsome, gentlemanly literary tradition. Because magazine-making is inherently collaborative, we set each floor around a central open workspace, with executive and editorial offices on three sides that face into – rather than away from – the central space.
Translucent hollow metal “storefronts” create a layer of privacy while still allowing exterior light to filter into the office’s core. The conference room’s luminous lexan walls supplement and amplify daylight into the interior spaces.
Staff workstations are conceived as continuous returns, with modular desktops and files that are clipped on as needed. Our use of galvanized steel and particle board for the offices invokes the industrial origins of the building in which they is housed. Power and signal is distributed in troughs suspended from the ceiling and dropping down to each row of work stations.