The Bloc

Lead DesignerFoz Design
Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

The Bloc is an internationally acclaimed “healthwellness” creative engagement agency. Its new office, located in Lower Manhattan on the edge of the East River, has an open concept with a casual, creative feel that reflects the agency’s own brand. With a variety of meeting spaces and work areas, as well as standout views for all to enjoy, the design fosters efficiency and inspiration. To ensure the 360 degree views of the East River and Manhattan were unobstructed for all to appreciate, three distinct elevations were designed within the space: a raised platform with offices and conference rooms, workstation areas, and perimeter meeting spaces. The historically industrial, mercantile, and marine context of the neighborhood inspired the overall aesthetic of the space, including materials, finishes, and products. It also influenced the design of custom components, including the custom bench around the perimeter and workstations with solid wood desktops and raw steel elements.