The firm was engaged in 1985 to master-plan the corporate operations of the company’s structure, including sales, fragrance evaluation, technical labs and perfumers’ suites. At the conclusion of the master plan, DSA designed the Fragrance Evaluation Center for both household products and fine fragrances. This facility included evaluators’ offices, conference rooms, technical laboratories, special areas for washer/dryers, soap rooms, sink areas and other technical support facilities for the evaluation process.
IFF continued the engagement of Der Scutt Architect to program and plan the New York World Headquarters involving in excess of 100,000 square feet. The Owners desired a modern, unified image of quiet elegance befitting an international fragrance company. The existing brick exterior of the building was re-clad with an $8-million state-of-the-art glass and aluminum curtain wall. Two separate structures with unequal and unaligned floor heights, each with varying existing window openings, have been unified with the new facade composed of a rigorous theme of the square and circle. The trellis screen conceals bulkheads of both roof lines, and provides a transition area of grid sizes down the facade.
The $13-million interior project includes executive offices, fragrance perfumer suites, sales and marketing offices, presentation rooms, laboratories, a new cafeteria, and a board room. Custom and built-in lighting was installed throughout the three floor levels. Construction started in June 1993; completion was in March of 1995.