clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Conde Nast Editors: Forced to Grapple With Open Plan Offices

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

If you've ever seen a reality show set at Conde Nast, you'll know that their office layout is pretty fantastic—lots of editors at the publishing house's legendary 4 Times Square location have their own private rooms with doors that close. Well, according to Keith Kelly, after the company's imminent relocation to 1 WTC, a lot of private office-bunnies will be relocated to open-plan seating. The horror! Kelly reports:

So far, the design plans are not being shared with the staff. And for good reason. "I think it will be horribly received in many parts of the building," said one source, who noted that office space is deemed very precious in status-conscious Condé Nast.

In the new layout that only a precious few have seen, far fewer will have glass offices.

And even though just a few have seen the office-lite plans for 1 WTC, grumbling has already begun. "Newsrooms are all about speed and accuracy," said one Condé Nasty. "The kind of writing we do is much more involved with style. You need quiet."

What kind of offices do you sit in? We're in an open-plan loft.
· Battle over Condé Nast office at 1 WTC [NY Post]