New York City


With its ethereal, milky-white skin and faceted curves, Frank Gehry’s IAC Building stands out against the heavy, industrial structures surrounding it on the western fringe of Manhattan’s rapidly evolving Chelsea neighborhood. Even as its context changes in the next few years with the conversion of an abandoned elevated rail (the High Line) into a 1.5-mile-long public park and the addition of apartment towers by Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Neil Denari, Winka Dubbeldam, Annabelle Seldorf, Robert A.M. Stern, and others, the IAC will remain unique in both its architectural expression and its function as a corporate office builidng. Its status as a Greta Garbo kind of building, however, highlights the project’s weaknesses as well as its strengths.

InterActiveCorp Building
Photography © Thomas Mayer

While no one hires Gehry to design a quiet, background building, Barry Diller, the chairman and C.E.O. of IAC/InterActiveCorp, envisioned his new headquarters as a catalyst for transforming a part of town he has long championed. An early and generous supporter of the High Line, Diller—along with his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, whose new headquarters is just a few blocks south—prides himself on being an urban pioneer. So you might expect the IAC to reach out and engage its neighbors more directly than it does. As Gehry proved with his Disney Concert Hall—where a truly public lobby and a series of outdoor gardens invite everyone to spend time—standing out doesn’t have to mean standing apart.

As a piece of architectural sculpture, the building conjures a range of imagery—from the billowing sails of a boat to a beached iceberg. By wrapping the structure’s listing concrete frame with a fritted-glass curtain wall that has no exterior mullions, Gehry emphasizes the purely formal aspects of the building and underscores its role as an object inserted in the landscape. But this object has no base to sit on, so you get the impression it could be lifted up and taken away as easily as it was placed here.


STUDIOS Architecture
588 Broadway, Suite 702
New York, NY 10012
Phone:  212-431-4512
Fax:  212-431-6042

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit

Todd DeGarmo, AIA – Principal in Charge
Tom Krizmanic, AIA – Design Principal
Brian Tolman, AIA – Senior Designer / Senior Project Architect
Geoff DeOld – Project Architect
David Burns – Designer
Sara Schuster – Designer
Joshua Rider – Designer

MEP Engineer
Cosentini Associates LLP

Structural Engineer
DeSimone Consulting Engineers


Brandston Partnership Inc.

Shen Milsom Wilke

Audio Visual Integrator:
McCann Systems LLC

IT & Security Consultant:
TM Technology Partners Inc.

Joint Venture Developer and Partner:
The Georgetown Company

Owner’s Representative and Construction Consultant:
Joel M. Silverman Associates

Graphic Design and Building ID:
Bruce Mau Design

Geotechnical Engineer:
Langan Engineering and Environmental Services

Curtainwall Glass Consultant:
Israel Berger & Associates, Inc.

Curtainwall Manufacturer:
Permasteelisa Group

Furniture Manufacturer:

General contractor:
Turner Construction Company

Albert Vecerka / Esto
Tel:  914-698-4060




Exterior Cladding

Curtainwall Manufacturer:
Permasteelisa Group


Sargent @ H.M. Doors.
Dorma @ glass doors.

McKinney @ H.M. Doors.
Dorma @ glass doors

Sargent @ H.M. Doors.
Dorma @ glass doors

Interior finishes

Acoustical ceilings:
USG. Mars Clima Plus Panels

Suspension grid:
Donn Fineline

Demountable partitions:
DIRTT stick-built sytem with Depp Glass custom colored glass

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
Rimi Woodccraft, Mielach


Paints and stains:
Benjamin Moore

Plastic laminate:
Nevamar, LIRI, Abet Laminati

Special surfacing:

Floor and wall tile:
Stone Source, Hudson Series 3”x6” (Executive Floor Pantries and Toilets).

Resilient flooring:
Shaw L7 Carpet, Bruce Mau Design, 2 colorways = brown and charcoal

6th Floor Executive Office Floors:
Edward Fields custom carpet, tiger-print silk-and-wool in boardroom and executive offices

Work spaces/Officing:
Depp Glass, custom-colored glass


Office furniture:
Lobby glass reception desk:
Depp Glass was commissioned to create the desk.  Includes 2.5-inch-thick transaction ledge composed of quarter-inch layers of glass.  Behind the structure is a Corian desk for computer monitors.

Fixed seating:
Unifor 25 Desking System

Aeron Chair - coincides with Unifor Desking System


SPI Lighting Options, doughnut-shaped pendant

Video Wall 
Video Content Producers:
Trollbäck + Company, Warren Z Productions, Tank Design

Audio Visual Integrator:
McCann Systems

Digital Projection Inc.

Mirror Assemblies:
Custom Display Solutions

Projection Glass:
Stewart Filmscreen

Video Processing:
Vista Systems

Video Playback Software and PC's:
Dataton's Watchout, provided by Showsage

Show Control:
Pacific Interactive

Brandston Partners

LED Fixtures: