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Today, the first wave of 175 Condé Nast employees will settle into their offices at the new World Trade Center. According to the New York Times, the company relocation of over 3,400 employees, which begun over the weekend, will be completed by February 2015. They will occupy floors 20–44 of the 104-story building, now the highest skyscraper in North America.
The highest floor will house Condé Nast's law firm, Sabin, Bermant & Gould. Condé Nast executives will be relocated to the 42nd floor, and Vanity Fair will live right below it on the 41st floor. The New Yorker has been assigned the 38th floor. Anna Wintour and her Vogue clan will be moved to the 25th floor.
Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend explained to the Times that the design of the new offices is reflective of different company values. When the offices at 4 Times Square were constructed, famed architect Frank O. Gehry was commissioned to design the cafeteria and top editors were given funds to hire architects or designers for their own corner offices. This time around, there is no famous architect behind the cafeteria and the offices were designed with more open floor plans. "It's at least 15 percent more efficient, which means a great deal of open space," Townsend told the NYT. "This is an evolutionary step away from 4 Times Square, where there was still a great deal of individualism expressed."
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