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iXL New York
Flatiron District, New York

The New York office of iXL, a global internet company, initially moved into a generic existing space but soon concluded that the reception and conference suite had to be re-designed to best project the company image.

Planes of switchable and translucent colored glass and perforated aluminum, together with virtual planes of light, have been layered to define the boundary between the reception area and the conference and executive suites beyond. The variable degrees of translucency and overlapping of the planes modulate transparency and privacy, and thus the boundary itself. The layering of materials and light reflections create a "deep space" of images - a metaphor for the space of the Internet, the medium of the company's work.

The main conference room, equipped with an interactive table, is dominated by a projection screen surrounded by a halo of light. When not in active use, the screen is programmed to change colors at slow intervals, creating different moods in the space.


reception desk: Leven Betts Studio