Lightstone names design winners

The Lightstone Group announced the winners of its “Space Forward: Ideas Competition.”

Designed in conjunction with its branding partner CO OP, the competition was created to inspire designers and innovative thinkers to re-imagine their ideal work environment at 1407 Broadway, Lightstone’s Times Square South building undergoing an internal and external transformation.

The competition encouraged debate and conversation about how people want to work and interact in their workspace, and provided innovators with a platform to share their insights and creative ideas.

After review by a jury of industry thought-leaders in architecture, media, tech, and branding, the Jury Prize of $14,000 was awarded to PRINT SCREEN by Caio Barboza, Joseph Kennedy and Natalie Kwee.

The team’s idea centered on an adaptable wall system that considers the connection and interrelationship between a building’s architecture and accessing information.

“Print Screen offered an innovative solution for a dynamic work environment that fosters creativity and collaboration among workers. We were really intrigued by the analog-digital qualities of a flexible wall system that can be customized for different work environments,” said Abigail Smith, strategy director at CO OP, on behalf of the jury, which also included Alex Iskold, Managing Director, TechStars NYC; Matthias Hollwich, founder of Architizer and professor at PennDesign; Glen Cummings, professor at Columbia’s Grad School of Architecture; and Kyle Barker, Head of Architecture, WeWork.

The runner-ups each received a prize of $3,000 and include:

Working in the Park by Ju-Hyun Kim and Euno Cho whose idea incorporated elements that people love about a park, including a public and social space with exposure to sunlight and green, which creates a more open and lively environment for today’s workforce.

Serendipity Engine by Greg Lindsay and Katrina Szabo had a dynamic idea for an app that can provide data on how people are using their workspace to help create stronger work environments that promote social engagement and collaboration.

PRINT SCREEN by Caio Barboza, Joseph Kennedy and Natalie Kwee.

“The goal of this competition was to capture the trend of transformation in today’s workspace environments and culture, and create new templates for designing and building successful work environments,” said Mitchell Hochberg, president of The Lightstone Group.

“As a developer we want to meet clients’ space needs with appropriate and flexible office solutions that will appeal to today’s growing global companies. Engaging with the very people that will inhabit the workspace allows us to foster a spirit of creativity and collaboration as we reach for innovative solutions to satisfy a new tenant mix in many of our upcoming commercial office projects, starting with 1407 Broadway.”

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