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Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

The new workspace for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation enables the 94-year-old institution to convene programs that support its global research and policy mission.

Permeated by daylight, the 5,000 square-foot suite provides a mix of flexible gathering spaces and private offices. To increase ceiling heights, MBB exposed and painted the building’s previously concealed waffle slab structure, adding acoustic panels inside the coffers. Linear LEDs follow the lines of the structure, shining both up and down to create balanced interior lighting.

The office’s L-shaped vestibule opens into a bright reception lounge and adjoining conference room drenched in northern light. A full-height sliding glass partition provides flexibility for hosting research seminars, book readings, social gatherings and policy briefings, including hybrid virtual and in-person programs.

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with a red diagonal inner edge highlight the vital research published by the foundation’s grantees.


  • New York Chapter of the Society of American Registered Architects 2023 Design Award of Honor