Client: Condé Nast (Bon Appétit / Epicurious)
Location: One World Trade Center, Floor 35
Size: 5,000 SF
Date: 01/2012 - 03/2015
Nour Jallad was the project architect on the Gensler team that was responsible for the design and implementation of the project.
MEP Engineers: Robert Derector Associates
Lighting Consultants: Quentin Thomas Associates
Food Service Consultants: Jacobs Doland Beer
General Contractors: Turner
Photography: Tony Vu, Danlly Domingo
Publication: Architectural Digest, January 2015
Context, Concepts, and Strategy
As part of the Condé Nast headquarters project, the Gensler team was tasked with designing the test kitchens for Bon Appétit and Epicurious magazines. The kitchens were designed as a cohesive yet flexible space for cooking, entertaining, testing and publishing.
Located on the 35th floor of 1 World Trade Center, BA Kitchen—Bon Appétit magazine’s exclusive cooking, entertaining, and event space, near Bon Appétit’s tasting room and test kitchen—serves as a place for the magazine’s editors and chefs to entertain clients and to regularly host star chefs. With an open island, bar area, and flexible furniture, the space can accommodate numerous types of events, from a family-style meal to a cocktail hour.
This project was a close collaboration between magazine editors, chefs, architects, designers, custom millworkers and general contractors. Beyond the challenge of building a residential-type kitchen in a high-profile office tower, it was an opportunity to create a space that is more intimate than the rest of the spaces in the building, an environment to which the magazine readers can relate.
“The best parties always seem to start and end in the kitchen, so I wanted to create a space that felt like someone’s home, like you were hanging out in their kitchen. With the big open island, when we have guest chefs come, the chefs are not in the back cooking dinner and coming out to serve you. They are the party. You can just sort of hang out with them but also really observe and appreciate their skills.”
Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief, Bon Appétit Magazine
Source: “A Peek Inside Bon Appétit’s New Dream Kitchen”, Deb Schwartz, One Kings Lane