Warner Bros. Discovery Global HQ – Kitchen Studios

date: 2022
size: 75,000 RSF
location: New York, NY

This 375,000 RSF, LEED-certified, WELL Platinum project was a full upgrade of a historic building in Manhattan’s Flatiron district. The 75,000 RSF conversion of the existing retail space to a street-facing studio now connects twelve open kitchens with the energy of bustling 19th street. The design provides brand-new, state-of-the-art kitchen studios for the Food Network, as well as black box studios, cooking studios, production, and post-production spaces of varying sizes and technical capabilities. The space thoughtfully negotiates with the mechanical needs of the kitchen studios, make up studios, and open ceiling conditions by routing all exhaust to the rear of the building and up to the roof.

The minority-majority architecture firm, working in close tandem with a woman-led real-estate and construction team, celebrates the building’s historic character and transforms it to reflect its new post in contemporary New York City. With amenities such as a café, a landscaped roof terrace, a new penthouse and event space, a wellness and fitness center, and multipurpose spaces with biophilia throughout, the design champions a new, people-centered agile workplace.