Park Associati 

New York, United States


Kvadrat Acoustics solutions integrating Soft Cells Broadline, covered in Hint 917

Chris Mottalini

Bright light, big city

EssilorLuxottica’s new headquarters is an independent building within a New York skyscraper. The light-filled space integrates a Kvadrat Acoustics solution throughout to enhance acoustic quality, collaboration, and wellbeing. 

The Kvadrat Acoustics solution is specified across the HQ’s three floors. It comprises Soft Cells Broadline acoustic panels installed on ceilings with magnets and special acoustic panels, crafted with cutouts, that hug the building’s columns. All the panels are upholstered with Hint in a shade which complements the light, warm and natural colour concept.

Arranged around the skyscraper’s wood-panelled core, the open-plan headquarters incorporates 300 workstations, a steel staircase linking the different floors, and floor-to-cieling windows following building's perimeter. Consequently, employees and guests are consistently engaged in a visual dialogue with the urban landscape.

The entrance to the HQ is located on the 18th floor of a tower designed by Brennan Beer Gorman Architects in Midtown. The space is arranged over the 16th, 17th, and 18th floors , creating an uplifting, airy environment where dimensions of verticality and horizontality form a fluid, transparent path crossed by light.