Visioning and programming were conducted alongside key leadership. Prior to outlining a space program, multiple meetings explored corporate culture, goals and aspirations. Departmental functions, work processes, and inter- and intra-departmental relationships were also studied. A detailed space program was generated and remained the basis for design throughout the project. Viacom?s mission to make the world accessible drove initial concepts. Nods to New York City were brought into the design to represent the brand and cultivate an office that felt like home.
Mimicking New York City's boroughs, the 140 people were broken into four neighborhood quadrants. Space plan concepts were developed based on city maps and subway rail lines connecting the four neighborhoods. The expression of these "connection lines" can be found in elements such as the curved slat millwork walls used to define teams and collaboration spaces. Additionally, a "Grand Central" space was created for gathering to convey the message that Viacom is a global company for the global community.