WeWork

New York

Type Renovation

Location New York, NY

Size 30,000 sq. ft.

Completion 2016

In much the same way that WeWork strives to help people with networking and connections, the design of WeWork at the Fulton Center connects across two distinct buildings, joined by a common corridor. This project, of which Marin was the Architect of Record, features a renovation not only within the landmarked 8-story Corbin building, but also the 3rd floor of the Fulton subway mixed-use station. The location of these WeWork offices is within easy access of 10 different subway lines making it a prime location for the company.

The Fulton Center is a modern steel and concrete building, while the Corbin, built in 1889, predates steel skyscraper construction and utilizes cast iron beams and load-bearing masonry walls. Once the tallest building on the block, the Corbin was rehabilitated in 2014, opening the doorway for WeWork to lease the 30,000 sq. ft. of office space.

Marin Architects’ renovation included maintaining the historic elements of the Corbin building, such as the bronze and marble staircase and the Gustavino tiles in the arches of the doorways. Light permeates the space in part due to incorporation of the Sky-Reflector Net, a spiraling James Carpenter-designed skylight on the third floor of the Fulton Center, which was part of the multi-million dollar 2014 renovation.

Due to the nature of the owners as a State Agency, the design and documents required compliance to NY State Code in addition to all necessary city codes. Additionally, careful coordination was needed between mechanical, electrical, and plumbing of all floors to facilitate the fast-track construction.

In total, Marin Architects has been retained to work on 6 separate sites for WeWork.