XL CapitalNew York, NY, USA XL Capital Assurance, Inc. Interiors 93,000 ft2 / 9,000 m2
KPF’s design for the XL Capital Assurance Headquarters at 1221 Avenue of the Americas provides 92,600 square feet of office, board-room, video-conferencing, and corporate art space on two floors.
The materials palette used for the interior finishes is intentionally neutral throughout, creating a classic, modern environment as well as an appropriate backdrop for a corporate art collection. Materials include mahogany and sappelli woods, leather and fabric wall-coverings, and Venetian plaster paint.
The lighting scheme is also one of the defining characteristics of the work environment. The design relies almost exclusively on indirect lighting in the public areas, workstations, and individual offices.
A two-story reception lobby features an exposed stone staircase that provides access to offices, conference rooms, and the general commons on both floors. The boardroom and video-conferencing room feature state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, facilitating meetings and important communication between the various international XL Capital offices.
Taking inspiration from a traditional town square model, the centrally located general commons includes a café, lunch room and several break-out meeting areas, encouraging informal employee interaction and a sense of corporate community. Additional break-out rooms and conference rooms are located throughout the executive offices for more private meetings.