Work

Midtown Sky Garden

New York, New York

Redefining the 17th floor of the historic Western Publishing Building in midtown Manhattan, HMWhite designed a contemporary garden terrace extension for Shorenstein Properties’ new corporate offices. The 6,500 square-foot living roof establishes a biophilic transformation of the office environment and daily employee experience. The lush garden terrace wraps the building and visually merges interior office spaces with a meadow landscape. The entire garden was carefully engineered to mesh with the building’s mid-century infrastructure and to prevent potential wind uplift, accommodate significant load restrictions and support a sophisticated, multi-seasonal plant palette tolerant of extreme growing conditions. The elongated meadow design incorporates drought tolerant grasses, perennials and spring bulbs punctuated by flowering trees in specific structurally bolstered locations. The office interior links with the exterior via a series of wooden platforms embedded in the landscape creating flexible “break-out” meeting spaces and places of respite.

2016
Architizer A + Award- Best Private Garden

2014
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence

2013
ASLA New York Design Award

Client
Shorenstein Realty

Design Team
Landscape Architect: HMWhite
Architect: Gertler & Wente Architects
Structural Engineer: Urban Tech
MEP: AKF Group LLC
Lighting Designer: Atelier Lumiere
Landscape Contractor: New York Green Roofs

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