Fine Commercial and Retail Architects

Thoresen & Linard
Commercial Architect New York /
Retail Architect

Commercial architects design structures where people conduct business. As one of Manhattan's premier commercial architects, Thoresen & Linard has designed these properties and more:

Manhattan, New York

Required: Commercial Architect

Client: Bogner of America
Size: 6,200 S.F.

A townhouse in a Landmark District was converted from store and apartments to New York City headquarters of international sportswear company. Previous interiors were totally demolished; new sub-structure, elevator, emergency and decorative staircases inserted. First three floors of the five-story building used for retail, the fourth floor for wholesale, and the fifth floor for administrative functions. The brick facade was cleaned and all existing historic features such as windows and cornice were restored from the third floor up in accordance with requirements of the landmark district. The two lower floors of the facade and the rear wall were designed in a contemporary manner reflecting the thrust of the company.

A forecourt was created at the entry both as an inviting gesture and to increase display area of the narrow building. A herringbone-patterned brick floor leads continuously from the sidewalk to the rear where a similarly-paved garden can be enjoyed. All other floors carry as their motif crisp white walls and ceiling, birch paneling for merchandise framed in black steel, and light maple flooring echoing the contemporary style and devotion to detail of the famous Bogner skiwear.

Commercial Architect Manhattan
Retail Architect New York City



Law Offices
Manhattan, New York
Required: Commercial Architect

Client: Hollyer, Brady, Smith, Troxell,
Barrett, Rockett, Hines & Mine
Size: 8,870 S.F.

The client was a growing law firm that had leased a floor in a handsome Art Deco tower in Midtown Manhattan. The space consisted of three wings with a central core. The lawyers wished to take advantage of the periphery for individual offices, leaving the interior spaces for ancillary uses.

The design goal was to bring together the three disparate office wings as a coherent law office. This was achieved by establishing a central public area consisting of the elevator lobby, reception area and conference rooms, where rich, warm stone and wood finishes are used. Carefully chosen colors throughout, and the selective use of standard wood trim achieve an appropriately restrained elegance within a limited budget.

Because of the building's low ceilings, the architects were challenged to design air-conditioning and lighting systems that would not compress the feeling of spaciousness. Stepping off the elevator into a bright, cove ceilinged lobby, the visitor has a vista of the expansive elegance that belies the actual size and cost of the renovation.

Retail Architect Manhattan
Retail Architect New York City


Offices and Showroom
for Valentino Couture
Manhattan, NYC
Required: Commercial Architect

Project Location: 11 West 42nd Street
Manhattan, NY
Client: Valentino Couture, Inc.
Size: 14,600 S.F.

Renovation of a single floor of a Midtown office building as North American corporate headquarters for Valentino Couture. The project included executive offices, conference room, staff offices, ancillary spaces, men's and women's fashion showrooms, and changing rooms for models.

The project included the design of furniture and display units. The space was completed to high standards demanded by a famous haute couture house and within a strict budget.

Commercial Architect NYC



Madora Salon
Manhattan, New York

Required: Commercial Architect

Client: Madora-George Michael Salon
Size: 1,200 S.F.

A well established hair salon, specializing in long hair, located on Madison Avenue was forced to move to a smaller space nearby. The design converts a long, narrow, third floor space into a bright and cheerful salon, . Although the budget was very tight, the efficient use of space and the sparing use of a few rich materials gives the salon a sparkling, feminine atmosphere.

The contract included all new interior finishes, new mechanical and electrical systems as well as furniture and fitments. Working closely with the client and contractor, the work was completed within the budget and on time.

Retail Architect Manhattan
Retail Architect Manhattan
Retail Architect New York City



Offices of the R.I.C.E. Corporation
Manhattan, NY
Required: Commercial Architect

Size: 1,400 S.F.

An out-of-town manufacturer of medical equipment required high quality offices for the use of its executives in New York City. They consist of the president's suite, an assistants' office and areas for product display and accounting. Ancillary spaces include reception, kitchenette and full bath for the president.

Particular challenges for the architect were the accommodation of mechanical systems and sophisticated data and communication systems in the constricted space of an older building.


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Thoresen & Linard, Commercial Architecture in New York City and Surrounding Areas

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