CIVILIVIN champions a 1930s aesthetic for a multidisciplinary technology hub

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CIVILIVIN champions a 1930s aesthetic for a multidisciplinary technology hub

Vintage furniture gives the lobby a nostalgic charm, including a Pippistrello lamp, Thonet bistro chairs, and an '80s vinatage Danish conference table, among others. (Brian W Ferry)

No technology startup ever met a disused factory or weathered warehouse it didn’t like, least of all New Lab. Back in 2016, the tech hub set up shop in Building 128 of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, with digs designed by local studio CIVILIVN. In the intervening years, New Lab’s workforce began to outgrow the airy 84,000-square-foot facility, whose turn-of-the-century structure could accommodate an entire warship, and so the company looked to establish an annex nearby.

Seeking to recapture the collaborative, welcoming atmosphere of its primary campus, New Lab once again sought out the talents of CIVILIVN. Located just a stone’s throw from Building 128, this second property came with a similar brief to outfit an erstwhile manufacturing locale—albeit, on a much smaller scale.

Encased in a charming brick envelope and replete with cast-iron details inside, 77 Washington offers the New Lab coterie an additional 22,000 square feet of space stretched out over the ground-floor lobby and storefront and five floors of offices. The latter are equipped with individual workspaces, meeting rooms, breakout spaces, and amenities, including a wellness room and kitchen.

And just as at Building 128, CIVILIVN principal Nicko Elliott designed the furnishings of the new annex. His team collaborated with Queens fabrication shop Tietz Baccon on the workstations and conference room tables, all made using high-quality, CNC-machined plywood. “The design works as a system, to increase the architectural quality of a space, but it also can stand alone,” explained Elliott. “It has the flexibility to allow different configurations and creates architectural arrangements.”

Walk through the space on our interiors and design website,