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How Rafael de Cárdenas Turned a Firehouse into a Sleek Office

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Built in 1895, this former firehouse in NYC got a head-to-toe makeover from the extremely cool designer Rafael de Cárdenas, and now serves as a five-story office space for Black Ocean, a digital media holding company. Retaining plenty of character from its past occupation—as all of the best office renovations seem to do—the 10,000-square-foot Black Ocean Firehouse still has its original windows and intricate brick facade, though it now sports a glam black paint job.

Inside, de Cárdenas' signature eclectic touches include stadium lounge seating, funky chevron window treatments, and the ever-popular neon wall art that's fast becoming a cool office go-to. There's also a a roof terrace and a back courtyard for large presentations and informal meetings. See the "before" shots, right this way.

· Black Ocean Firehouse [Architizer]
· Inside a 19th Century Firehouse-Turned-Office Space [Curbed NY]
· All Rafael De Cárdenas
coverage [Curbed National]