Founded in 2001, Liquidnet is a global institutional investment network that connects asset managers with liquidity. The electronic trading network trades in 46 equity markets, and develops and deploys cutting-edge financial technology solutions for institutional asset management firms. Headquartered in New York, the Intech company also has offices in Boston, Dublin, London, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Toronto. Previously located at 498 Seventh Avenue, Liquidnet was looking for larger office in a newly constructed building in Midtown. The client engaged TPG with full architectural services for their office relocation to The New York Times Building at 620 Eighth Avenue.
Liquidnet had outgrown their previous space, and as a result, had taken over inconsecutive floors within their building. The client had wanted their own branded space that they could have all their own and was specifically designed for their needs. When The New York Times building had sublet space available, Liquidnet selected four vacant floors for their new headquarters, occupying floors 17 through 20. This move would offer the financial client a large block of contiguous space in one of Midtown’s most modern office buildings. The new space would also allow Liquidnet to put their own branded thumbprint on the office with plentiful amenities to help attract young talent. TPG’s designers worked closely with Liquidnet’s internal design committee and marketing team to ensure the client’s overall goals were achieved.
Guests are greeted in reception with a branded video wall behind the reception desk. An interconnecting staircase connects the pantry spaces between floors. One particular design challenge was accommodating the security and separation between certain departments to address compliance concerns. Wellness was important to the tech client, so the new office is complete with amenities including coffee bars, collaborative areas, and a café with custom color-changing LED lights.