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Our Space

Photo by Cameron Blaylock

You can find us in New York City’s Flatiron District, once a domain defined by its namesake skyscraper and the Ladies’ Mile of Gilded Age department stores, and now a welcome home for the tech sector and creative firms. The joint program hub and workspace was designed by Collective–LOK, a collaboration of Jon Lott (PARA-Project), William O’Brien Jr. (WOJR), and Michael Kubo (over,under).

Our space represents the culmination of the 2013 Ground/Work competition, which drew submissions from over 120 teams, representing designers in more than 20 countries. The winning design was selected by over 1,000 public voters and an official competition jury including Stephen Cassell (Architecture Research Office and Board of Trustees, Van Alen Institute), Winka Dubbeldam (Archi-tectonics and University of Pennsylvania), Mark Gardner (Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects), Mark Robbins (American Academy in Rome and Board of Trustees, Van Alen Institute), Ada Tolla (LOT-EK), Marc Tsurumaki (LTL Architects), Marc Kushner (Hollwich Kushner, Architizer), and David van der Leer (Executive Director, Van Alen Institute).


Our joint program hub, gallery, and workspace was designed by Collective–LOK, a collaboration of Jon Lott (PARA-Project), William O’Brien Jr. (WOJR), and Michael Kubo (over,under).

Photo by Cameron Blaylock

Collective–LOK’s concept is a highly flexible space utilizing a subtle interplay of surfaces and screens to allow for our diverse programming, from multimedia exhibitions and lectures to workshops and private meetings.

Photo by Cameron Blaylock

Each changing function of the bowtie-shaped floor plan is partitioned by silver accordion walls and a series of four semi-transparent curtains that descend from discreet tracks embedded within the ceiling, a coffered lattice of powder-coated aluminum panels, perforated to illuminate the entire space.

Photo by Cameron Blaylock

Since its opening in 2014, the flexible space has allowed the Institute to engage more directly with the surrounding city.

Photo by Cameron Blaylock

ABCO HVACR Supply and Solutions

Erik Bruce Inc.
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
Sharon Davis
Ennead Architects
Scott Newman
Nader Tehrani
Jaros Baum & Bolles

Lighting Workshop
Technical Air Systems, Inc.
Duravit USA, Inc.
Sherida Paulsen / PKSB Architects
All Time Detection, Inc.
Leslie Robertson and SawTeen See
McCarter & English, LLP

Van Alen Institute Board of Trustees

Jon Lott
William O’Brien Jr.
Michael Kubo

Our space accommodates intimate gatherings of 20 guests at the front, larger events of up to 90 seated and 250 standing guests in the back, a reading room offers space for study and small discussions, and a conference room facilitates private meetings or a catering station. For information about space rental, contact vai@vanalen.org.