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New Compass HQ has flex appeal

Productivity and energy were the key design concepts for the new-look Compass HQ at 90 Fifth Avenue in Union Square.
Vocon, the architectural and design firm, just released renderings of the completed the design for the residential real estate brokerage firm.

According to Vocon, Compass sought a design strategy that would create a multi-functional space positioned to accommodate brokers and staff, activities, internal meetings and formal events.

Compass wanted an office that was visually open and with diverse environments that would foster work, collaboration and creativity.

The Vocon design team said achieved this goal by striking a balance of different spaces.

“By offering settings for a variety of different experiences within the workday the space enhances innovation and collaboration,” said the architect in a press release.

“Specifically, the Vocon team designed a series of interlocking zones that include a central collaboration zone, interconnecting stairs, a work cafe, and ancillary coffee bars.”

There is a central collaboration zone, centered in the open office, which offers what Vocon calls “refuge spaces” for both private and group collaboration.

The Vocon team re-branded the fire stairs in the space as both a means of egress and a tool to connect the floors experientially. Vocon added a moss wall and media center, as well as other spaces that “foster incidental moments throughout the day.”

The design also includes movable furniture, private booths, a game room and “rejuvenation lounge” as well as full AV equipment for presentations.

Vocon also created smaller coffee hubs placed near the interconnecting stair to provide employees with the amenities they need while freeing more area for huddle rooms and private spaces.

“It was exciting to work with Compass and its team to create a dynamic new workspace,” said Debbie Donley, founder and principal at Vocon.

“We are pleased to help advance Compass’ mission by creating a productive and energetic workspace
for employees and
clients.”

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