Smart Design moving to the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Why two of the world’s most innovative design firms are moving to an old shipyard
Smart Design is headed to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Fast Company recently published about the upcoming move the 115 year old historic building that used to store ships. Learn more about our upcoming move and the innovation renovations that will turn into a modern design space.
Smart Design, whose previous offices are in Chelsea, had actually been looking to move into the Navy Yard for six or seven years, according to partner Richard Whitehall. Once he toured Building 127 during the renovation and saw what he calls its “breathtaking proportions,” he knew it was time to make the move.
“We were looking for an open space that would provide flexibility to create different configurations such as community spaces, team spaces, and personal spaces,” he explained via email. The building’s steel roof trusses help to create a huge column-free space, which is a major plus for the company, which will build its design studios in about 21,000 square feet of the building’s third floor.
The space will also enable the company to work on physically larger prototypes, such as full-scale mockups of mobility concepts for Ford, or to test exercise equipment related to its work with Gatorade.
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