When the developer Hines’s New York office was hired by historic Trinity Church to redevelop its properties in Manhattan’s Hudson Square neighborhood, the real-estate entity decided to relocate its own base in the city from Park Avenue to that area south of the West Village. The design of their new location is an homage to the community’s history as a home of printing presses, yet it projects the refinement of the Houston-based company’s brand. Occupying nearly 12,000 square feet in one of the 11 Trinity-owned buildings, the new LSM-designed space doubles as the marketing center for the entire Hudson Square portfolio—including five potential development sites—saving more than $2 million that would have gone into an off-site facility.

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The architects stripped back the space in the 1930s-era building, unearthing the existing concrete slab and columns, and maximizing ceiling height to recall its industrial character. Drop ceilings in some places control noise and conceal electric, mechanical, and sprinkler components. Glazed aluminum-framed partitions delineate various zones, from conference rooms to amenity areas, while keeping many sight lines clear to encourage interaction. Near the center of the floor is what the architects named the farm table—a counter-high communal dining surface on trestle legs for staff breaks and conversation.

As a model for the development’s potential, Hines’s office has attracted such high-caliber tenants as Google: last winter, the tech giant announced a $1 billion campus expansion across three downtown buildings, two of them in Trinity’s Hudson Square portfolio. Overall, the buildings boast a low vacancy-rate total of 2 percent. The design also benefits the company internally: since moving in 2017, employees are converging and interacting in the communal spaces more than they ever have. “At 499 Park, no one ever ate lunch together,” says senior managing director Tommy Craig. “Now, on a weekly basis, we will have 20 people sitting together at the farm table.”

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22 W 19th Street, Suite 600

New York, NY 10011


1212 Banks NW

Washington, DC 20007



202 295 4800


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Debra Lehman Smith, James McLeish, Rick Bilski, Gregory Weber, Marc Pelletier



Mechanical: AKF Group LLC

Electrical: AKF Group LLC

Plumbing: AKF Group LLC

Structural: Thornton Tomasetti



Acoustical: Cerami & Associates

Art: Lisa Austin & Associates

Artists: Joe Amrhein, Cameron Platter

Landscape Architect: Constructed Ground

Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone

Video Content: DBox


General contractor:

Reidy Contracting Group



Peter Aaron, OTTO



Special doors: Nanawall


Interior Finishes

Acoustical ceilings: Snaptex Fabric Ceiling

Suspension grid: Armstrong World Industries

Demountable partitions: Unifor SpA

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Tatco Installations Millwork

Wood Floors: Stile Pavimenti Legno SpA

Resilient flooring: Armstrong World Industries

Carpet: Shaw Contract Group

Special interior finishes unique to this project: CTS Concrete Flooring



Office furniture: Unifor SpA

Reception furniture: Brdr. Petersens

Chairs: Steelcase, Kristalia, Herman Miller

Tables: OFS, Poltrona Frau, Finn Juhl

Outdoor Furniture: Kettal



Interior ambient lighting: Ecosense Lighting, Interlux

Downlights: USAI Lighting

Dimming system or other lighting controls:  Lutron Electronics Co Inc.