Major League Baseball Headquarters, Located in New York, United States, As Major League Baseball teams take the diamond in spring training, Butler Rogers Baskett (BRB) in collaboration with exhibit/environmental design firm, C&G Partners, re-designed the headquarters for MLB, the office of the Commissioner at 245 Park Avenue in New York City.
The new 24,000-square-foot conference center brings functions to the building previously held off-site and includes expanded workspace; a 1,500-square-foot sub-dividable multi-purpose room with advanced audio-visual and teleconferencing capabilities and eight smaller meeting rooms.
Baseball images and icons are referenced throughout the design. Textures inspired by the sport — base-like fabrics, baseball stitching in leather panels, aluminum, steel, terrazzo and wood — appear in the interiors. Glass walls are etched with baseball statistics, changing seasonal displays showcase historic memorabilia from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., streaming videos reprise information from the MLB website; baseball news and headlines appear on LED tickers throughout the facility; carpet-and-terrazzo flooring recalls a grass-and-dirt baseball diamond, conference tables are made of ash, the favored wood for baseball bats, and “billboards” with changing graphics decorate the multipurpose room.
The visitor’s pathway recalls the experience of walking through a baseball stadium as an angled hall leads up from a compressed elevator lobby to a single, oversized door and a large, open reception area. This space features a backstop-shaped module with focused lighting, a seating area bordered by aluminum trim, and an architectural interpretation of the iconic Major League Baseball logo realized in backlit glass.
Other features include life-size figures dressed in National and American League uniforms, with plaques containing facts and images of their home stadiums, a curved, ash wall that references a scoreboard. Support spaces are clad with vinyl-padded panels, resembling those used on an outfield wall, stitched together with baseball seams.