CNY Group Builds an Industrial-Inspired Office—With a Sandbox – Commercial Observer

CNY Group Builds an Industrial-Inspired Office—With a Sandbox – Commercial Observer

When construction firm CNY Group decided to move its offices to 1440 Broadway, the company gave its new space an industrial-inspired look with midcentury modern furniture—plus a few unusual touches.

The reception desk is a 550-pound, custom-made piece of concrete imprinted with an overhead map of Midtown Manhattan and embossed with the letters “CNY.” One of CNY’s employees, an architect, decided to take an aerial map of Manhattan from 33rd to 62nd streets and First to 11th avenues and cut the buildings at 55 feet, so that the shapes of structures would be visible but their rooflines may not be. He teamed up with another employee to lay it out, and built a Styrofoam model of his proposal. Then the firm hired a concrete fabricator, TrueForm Concrete, to create a mold of the sculpture and pour the concrete.

And CNY President Ken Colao wanted to make one of his childhood memories a reality in the elevator lobby of the new fourth-floor office. As a kid, he turned his parents’ backyard into a mini-city with Matchbox cars, streets and buildings made out of rocks and paper. So there will be a 20-inch-wide, 8-foot-long sandbox filled with Matchbox cars and trucks to greet visitors when they get off the elevator. 

The walls of the lobby area also feature aged wood paneling, which was reclaimed from rooftop water tanks that CNY has disassembled over the past year or two. 

“We wanted a look
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