In preparation for its 50th anniversary, architecture and interior design firm MKDA recently completed a move into new green office space at 902 Broadway in the Flatiron District; the firm had previously been located at 11 East 26th Street for nearly 20 years. The office build out was executed pursuant to the LEED system, though it’s unclear whether MKDA is seeking a formal rating from USGBC.
The offices are replete with FSC-certified zebra wood and GREENGUARD-certified upholstery; other green features include extensive natural daylighting and occupancy sensors in each office. Locally sourced building materials include Acme workstation partitions (which are manufactured in Brooklyn.)
The firm designed its main design studio to be like a loft; the space includes a white concrete slab ceiling with pendant light fixtures and gray Interface carpet tiles. The lobby (as you can see in the images) echoes a similar design intent with white stone flooring and walls but also invites visitors into the space with red seating.
MKDA specified fixtures, furnishings, and finishes from a variety of vendors to provide potential clients with a menu of options to consider when meeting with its designers. We often talk about design firms taking a leadership role in educating their clients about sustainable design by showcasing such technologies and systems in their own studios, which was clearly MKDA’s intent in executing its new space at 902 Broadway.
MKDA has completed two other green fit outs recently that we’ve reported on here at gbNYC; one on the 34th floor of 7 World Trade Center for software company WhenTech, the other at 6 West 48th Street for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.