Warner Bros. Discovery Global Headquarters | Meridian Design Associates, Architects P.C. | World Design Awards 2022

Meridian Design Associates, Architects P.C.: Runner-Up of World Design Awards 2022. Through modern design approaches, the project traces back to the residential culture of the ancient city, improves Oriental living experiences, integrates nature, aesthetics, residences and culture into a whole, and blends modernity with tradition. The demonstration area features the tranquility of traditional gardens with many a twist and turn, the aesthetics of ancient structures in the city, as well as the exquisiteness and delicacy of modern constructions.

The entrance with a width of more than 20 meters highlights the grand image of the demonstration area. The overhanging eaves conceal the front courtyard behind. As a result, concave spatial configuration is generated, which is helpful in gathering Qi in the center and shows a sedate, noble and magnificent vibe.

The entrance door leads to a quiet path, where people can enjoy natural variations of flowers and trees in four seasons and also commune with nature. Stepping along the winding path, one can feel a tranquil ambience brought by stone plates, mountain rocks, plants and small decorations.

Along the path, a framed Jiangnan-style view comes into view. Here, waterscape, mountain rocks and the lobby complement each other. Walking close to the lake, visitors can see intriguing reflections of buildings and landscapes on the water’s surface. The peaceful surface of water is like a mirror.

Passing through the lake, people will reach the lobby. The large-span eave of the building hangs over the waterscape, occupying the overall space below. Orderly doors and grilles beneath the eaves give rise to a graceful image and a sense of quality. Dragon-scale-like rhombic tiles on the roof bring a traditional visual effect, while offering modern experiences as well. To achieve a perfect combination of modern simplistic expressions and Oriental characteristics, wall is added behind, evoking infinite imagination.

Walking through porch covered with cornice and open-air courtyard and then turning a corner, people will enter the full-height atrium space. The blue sky above the skylight provides visitors and property buyers with a great spatial experience. Both sides of the atrium open a tranquil tortuous pathway for dwellers to go back home directly.

Project Details
Meridian Design Associates, Architects P.C.

Antonio Argibay, AIA

Project Name
Warner Bros. Discovery Global Headquarters

World Design Awards Category
Office Building Built

Project Location
New York City

Project Team   
Luciana Machado, Sr. Project Manager; Vinata Ciputra, Project Manager; CBRE; Outsource Consultants; Robert Derector Associates; Gilsanz Murray Steficek; Reidy Contracting Group; Core Four Construction; Terrain; Bliss Fasman; Lighting Design Group; Clevenger Frable Lavalee; Cerami Associates; Ross & Baruzzini; Socotec; GHD Partners; Airspace; Hope Misterek; Ma Caputo & Associates

United States

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Meridian Design Associates, Architects P.C.: With offices in New York, Miami, and Seville, Spain, Meridian Design Associates is a nationally recognized leader in corporate, commercial, and media & entertainment workplace design and mission critical facility construction. Since its founding in 1981, Meridian Design Associates has implemented innovative workplace design strategies that imbue client workplace culture and prioritize end-user wellbeing through tactful, revolutionary technological applications.

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