CREATIVE INSPIRATION IAC world headquarters in
New York is an architectural tribute to the company’s forward-
DIANA MIREL IS
WRITER FOR JPM.
THIS ARTICLE TO
When IAC/InterActiveCorp was building its
world headquarters in New York City, some
concerned passersby thought the building was
falling down. In actuality, the building’s unique
design was coming along perfectly.
“Someone driving by the building before [we
put up] our curtain wall thought the building
was falling down because the columns are on
these very steep angles,” explained Christian
Bryan, director of administration for IAC.
Utilizing cutting-edge building technology,
the property features a sloped and angled concrete superstructure and the world’s first glass
curtain wall to be cold-warped, with the glass
panels bent on-site.
A leading Internet company managing
more than 60 brands, including Match.com,
Citysearch.com, Ask.com and Evite.com, IAC
decided to bring seven of its New York office
locations and 400 employees together under
one roof. Chairman and CEO Barry Diller envisioned a world headquarters that would both
reflect the company’s inventiveness and inspire
Enter famed architect Frank Gehry. Best
known for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao,
Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in
Los Angeles, Gehry is an architectural icon
with celebrity status. Known for sinuous metal
facades, a sculptural approach to architecture,
and structures designed with cutting-edge technology, Gehry’s innovative style and global reputation complemented IAC’s dynamic vision.
But this building went beyond Gehry’s trademark steel structures. In fact, it is his first building of this type, constructed entirely of custom-engineered glass.
“We wanted to showcase the interactivity of
the company as well as do something that no
one else had taken on or tried to do before,” said
Bryan. “This building still has the nice flowing
elements to it, but it is definitely a departure
from his normal stainless steel designs.”
Set alongside the Hudson River, the 10-story,
130,000-square-foot building’s gracefully curved
edges and tilted columns create the appearance
of a billowing sail. As Gehry’s first freestanding
building in New York, it stands out among the
city’s historic architectural gems.
“The typical New York architecture is pre-
war; it is brick with windows,” said Bryan. “But
this is a building that couldn’t have been built
five years ago because the technology to create
its angles and shapes was not around.”
The collaboration between Gehry and IAC
has garnered plenty of praise and attention since
the building’s completion in March 2007. The
building received a 2008 Architecture Award
from Business Week/Architectural Record,
which recognizes architecture for both its form
and beauty and its contribution to business.