Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders (aka Médecins Sans Frontières) is a non-profit that treats people where the need is greatest. This Nobel Prize winning medical humanitarian organization relocated their NYC headquarters to lower Manhattan, almost doubling the size of their former location in North Chelsea. Doctors Without Borders does the urgent and necessary work of helping people threatened by violence, neglect, natural disasters, epidemics, and health emergencies across the world.
The design of the new Manhattan office, which hosts and councils field operators, facilitates logistics and conferences between the continents of South America and Europe, as well as promotes medical humanitarian research, needed to be soothing, peaceful, welcoming, and efficient. Two 30,000 sqft floors were given a gut renovation before construction began; the idea was to start with a clean slate and use honest materials like reclaimed wood; the decision to not include any materials that were too loud or elaborate was done on purpose.
With a special capacity for a daily staff of 300 people, this office is also a touchdown space for many doctors travelling internationally.
Overall, this space was designed to be an honest, calm, and consistent container for the wide range of intentions and emotions for this deeply compassionate organization.