April Member Meeting & Presentation

April 21, 2022, 6 pm – 8:30 pm

at Maggiano’s Little Italy
70 Riverside Square Mall, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Kenneth Drucker, FAIA

Presents

LG North American Headquarters


Schedule:

4:30pm: Board Meeting

6:00pm: Social Hour

7:00pm: Dinner & Presentation

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1LU (Pending)


LG wanted to consolidate its North American headquarters on a single site across the Hudson River from northern Manhattan. The facility needed to sustain the Seoul-based company’s leadership in consumer electronics while also protecting the iconic vistas and integrity of the adjacent Palisades Interstate Park, a National Historic Landmark. HOK’s team collaborated with LG’s leaders and local conservation groups to create a design that nestles the 350,000-sq.-ft. building into the landscape and below the tree line. The horizontal headquarters, or ‘groundscraper,’ is 1,300 feet long—equivalent to a 120-story office tower. LG’s new campus has become a post-COVID-19 model for companies seeking flexible office space outside urban centers. The design rejects the deep floor plates that have been so common in suburban office buildings. Instead, two narrow office wings rest on a vegetated plinth that appears to grow out of the earth. The office wings each are less than 100 feet wide, allowing daylight to flood the space and providing views of nature. Open floor plates give people plenty of space to spread out. Stairways are located along the perimeter of the building and enclosed with glass, offering a pleasant alternative to elevators.  


Speaker:

Kenneth Drucker FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Design Principal, HOK 

Kenneth oversees design teams in HOK’s New York and Philadelphia studios and guides the design of projects all over the world. He approaches difficult design challenges by concentrating on the essence of an idea and allowing it to drill down into the details of each project. This leads to the highest quality built work. Kenneth’s design process includes analysis, discovery, optimization, composition, placemaking and programmatic analysis. He believes architecture must be sustainable while blending both art and science. Kenneth is vice chair of HOK’s global design board. Committed to serving our broader community, he sits on the board of the ACE Mentor Program in Greater New York City and is an active member of the AIA New York Chapter.