Blueprint Awards 2016: The winners

Best Interior Project – Work

Winner: Kirsten Murray, Olson Kundig, USA
Gawker Media Headquarters, New York, USA

Gawker Media Headquarters

Judges’ Comments

‘Sensitive use of stair as both a public gathering and utilitarian purpose’ Lyndon Neri

‘Stunning, contemporary and highly thoughtful workspace’ André Fu


Housed within an historic 120-year-old Union Square building in New York, the new 43,000 sq ft headquarters for Gawker Media is designed to reflect the company’s core values of egalitarianism, transparency and provocative journalism. It is located in what was once New York’s epicentre of fashion, the so-called ‘Ladies’ Mile’. The two-storey space reveals the building’s original steel structure and brick walls, while adding new architectural insertions to juxtapose the past and present.

Soft white, day-lit ‘working salons’ are surrounded by a dark spine of blackened steel, with warm ink tones to the decor and dark wood joinery.

These shared working salons are arranged along the large perimeter windows, flooding natural light into the space.

A wide central staircase cuts through the space, acting as a gathering space and theatre for talks and providing a strong connection between the two floors. It has been designed to create a quiet yet collaborative environment, offering flexible space for writers and designers to meet in groups or work independently. In the evening, screens and large pivoting, sliding doors transform the space into a hub for parties, film and lectures

Highly commended

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Abell Nepp, UK
Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK
Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Cambridgeshire, UKImage: Hufton+Crow

Airbnb Environments Team and Threefold Architects, UK
Airbnb London Office, London, UK
Airbnb London Office, London, UK

Clive Wilkinson Architects, USA
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Matt Fajkus Architecture, Austin, USA
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Rockwell Group, USA
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Abell Nepp, UK
Shared Facilities Building, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridgeshire, UK

BDG architecture + design, UK
Sea Containers Ogilvy Group UK and MEC, London, UK

Chetwoods, UK
Sainsbury’s Digital Lab, London, UK

Farrells, UK
Albemarle Street, London, UK

Gurhan Bakirkure, Turkey
ING Bank Turkey HQ, Turkey

HLW International, UK
Aviva Digital Garage, London, UK

IA Interior Architects, UK
HPE European Headquarters, London, UK

Paritzki & Liani Architects, Israel
PRS, Tel Aviv, Israel

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