Inaba Williams and Kyle May infused HUSH’s Brooklyn HQ with simple yet impactful interventions

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The ability to give attention to precise details when dealing with an expansive environment is no small task. The challenge requires that such elements be bold enough to resonate throughout the space.

With the outfitting of digital design agency HUSH‘s new Brooklyn Navy Yards HQ, AN Interior 50 honoree practice Inaba Williams and partnering architect Kyle May were able to do just that. Their scheme ensures that minimal yet visually striking interventions could anchor a sprawling 8 thousand-square-foot, white-walled, former factory floor.

A center piece to HUSH's new Brooklyn Navy Yard HQ, frameless glass conference rooms are rendered with semi-translucent red curtains. (Naho Kubota)

Counterbalancing HUSH’s virtual output, the pairing’s concept centered on integrating purely physical elements that express movement, materiality, and light. Sheer red curtains, custom cast-resin furnishings, chrome hardware, and reflective paneling made the difference in this project.

30 foot-long red oak conference tables adds another colorful dimension to space. (Naho Kubota)

Stainless steel panels track the length of a tunnel-like entry. (Naho Kubota)

Each intervention was carefully considered given the space’s orientation and desired function. A relocated 40-foot long entrance features a tunnel-like procession of stainless steel panels that track the passage of employees and guests alike as they arrive. Once in the main space, they are greeted by interactive screens, animated mock-ups, workstations, and three strategically positioned conference rooms; one for a client meeting and two for internal teamwork.

Three glass conference rooms help anchor the 8 thousand-square-foot workspace.

(Naho Kubota)

These frameless glass enclosures are demarcated by vivid, semi-translucent red curtains that help minimize daylight and filter glare. Juxtaposing this element is blue acoustic carpeting and Pink-oak, Forbo-edged lounge tables. Such a pragmatic approach did not take away from the space’s loft-like ambiance.