Inside Ultra Mobile’s New NYC Office
Ultra Mobile, a technology company that focuses on delivering convenient and cost-effective unlimited talk, text and data services for the estimated 40 million foreign-born people living in the United States who regularly call or text internationally to stay connected with family and friends around the globe, recently opened a new office in New York City.
“An over scaled view of the 59th Street Bridge all along one wall, in a classic mid-century, New York industrial loft building, provided the design direction for the new offices for Ultra Mobile East Coast headquarters. Like the bridge that connects Manhattan to Long Island City, Ultra Mobile provides the ability for people to call their friends, family and associates in far off places, so this spot seemed a fitting place for their growing staff. The choice to expose and uplight the existing wood beam and column structure as ornament, and to maintain an open plan office layout except for communal meeting spaces, further enhanced the sense of working in a gently repurposed space that once served as a manufacturing facility. A few very modern touches, such as walls of clear glass, strikingly modern lights and furniture, a wide swath of purple carpet and a glossy eggplant finish on the concrete floor, were inserted into the existing space as delicate counterpoints to the existing elements. Overall, the space has a quiet, calm sense of harmony that results from the interplay between the opposite styles that come together as one unique whole.”
- Location: New York City, New York
- Date completed: 2015
- Size: 5,000 square feet
- Design: Elizabeth Hardwick @ Giants in the Dirt
- Photos: Julia Sperling