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Interior Design Magazine Highlights HOK’s Design of Shiseido Americas Headquarters


HOK’s team designed the 220,000-sq.-ft. offices on eight contiguous floors (15 through 22) in a 32-story tower at the Shiseido Americas headquarters in New York. The idea of “transformation” guided the design concept.

Excerpted from Interior Design:

So when CEO Marc Rey began the search for new headquarters, he had a seemingly simple goal: cohesion.

The building was still being renovated when HOK came on board, so the firm was able to carve out a separate lobby for Shiseido, helping to signal a unified company immediately upon entry. “Executives came to us with the concept of creating ‘one Shiseido,’” HOK principal Yelena Mokritsky recalls.

The idea of transformation—the corporation’s as well as when a person uses a Shiseido product—guided HOK’s concept.

Another guiding principle of the project is omotenashi, a Japanese term referring to the utmost in hos­pitality. For Shiseido, it refers to being attentive to consumers and employees. HOK brought the concept to life in what’s referred to as the heart of the New York office, a double-height space that opens to a large terrace and occupies approximately half of the 19th floor, where Shiseido’s main reception is. “We tried to create an environment that felt less corporate, with more of a cafélike feel,” Mokritsky says of the multipurpose area that feels more boutique hotel than office.

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