Allied Works Architectre


New York City






14 sq ft


  • Two large windows were originally designed in 1882 by H.J Schwarzmann as part of the New York Mercantile Exchange. During demolition, Johannes Leonardo, along with the long-time building owners, were surprised to find that the windows even existed (they were hidden behind the wall) – a testament to the architectural heritage of the space and history of the city. Once uncovered, there was no doubt they needed to become a permanent fixture in the agency.

  • The wood doors leading into the conference and meeting rooms are abstractions of Ikat textile patterns, commonly thought of as Indonesian but can be found in cultures across Asia, Africa, and Central/South America.

  • They were constructed from layers of particleboard that were then die cut into alternating layers (walnut, oak and cherry) of laminated veneer MDF ply. The panels were first laminated together and then CNC routed to different depths to reveal each species of wood. These were designed by Allied Works and fabricated by SITU Studio.

  • Formerly a photography studio, the space features a 25’ by 35’ piazza skylight that served as natural light for the aforementioned photo studio. Now the light fills the space with a tremendous amount of natural light. Above it features a roof where employees at Johannes can spend time in the warmer months to screen films, conduct meetings and enjoy sprawling city views.

  • With an active contingent of surfers and a JL Surf Truck that regularly departs at 4:45AM when there are waves in Long Beach, a new board for the new office was a no brainer. Seen here is a 7’3” Fineline Egg that was custom-made for the agency by Brian Hilbers, a professional shaper who’s been creating boards for over 30 years from his home in Ventura, California. But it’s far from a decorative piece. What good is a surfboard if not used for surfing?

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