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OTJ Architects is designing the newest New York office of Cultural Vistas, an internationally-acclaimed non-profit organization with a mission to promote understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions around the world. The space spans 11,355 square feet on the 21st floor of the iconic Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway, and is surrounded by windows and many unobstructed views.

It is the second project that OTJ has worked on for Cultural Vistas, having completed the organization’s Washington, D.C. office in 2015. Many of the branding elements from the D.C. office will be incorporated into the new offices, but in ways consistent with the footprint of the grand New York landmark. Preliminary plans already reflect a more subdued palette, integrating some of the brand colors. In addition, there will be scarified cement floors, minimal carpeting, and layouts that take full advantage of the space’s high ceilings and infusion of natural light. The design also includes a large conference center, and both perimeter offices and workstation clusters.

“We are taking our branding cues from Cultural Vistas’ Washington, D.C. offices, but with a decidedly New York ‘frame of mind,’” points out OTJ Managing Partner Lance Jaccard, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP. “Our client’s move to one of New York’s most beautiful buildings is an exhilarating challenge from a design perspective.”

Working with Mr. Jaccard from OTJ’s New York studio will be Senior Project Manager Arch Tembulkar, LEED AP; Project Architect John Dealey, Associate AIA; and Project Designer Elaine Tripoulas, WELL AP. The group is currently focused on preliminary test fits and code reviews for the plans. The design will be further developed by leveraging OTJ’s 3D visualization capabilities to ensure maximum flexibility and utility with minimal build-outs.

The project is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

About OTJ Architects
OTJ Architects is a premier interior architecture and design firm that creates award-winning projects nationwide from its offices in Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y. For nearly 30 years, OTJ has partnered with leaders in the commercial real estate, corporate, government, and non-profit sectors to help organizations meet their human, operational, and business objectives through the power of the built environment. Signature recent projects include workplaces for Adobe, BMW, and United Way as well as Innovation Centers for Booz Allen and Capital One. More information is available at

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