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IMC Architecture Completes New Le Café Coffee Location and Other Upgrades at One Dag in Manhattan

Parul Dubey on January 17, 2024 - in Buildings, News

The IMC Architecture-designed café features top-of-the-line appliances, a Caesarstone counter, engineered wood and wallpaper wall finishes, white birch-colored wall tiles behind the counter, merchandise display shelving, diamond plate wainscoting and terrazzo flooring. The lighting system includes sconces, track fixtures and recessed lighting in the ceiling. Photo courtesy IMC Architecture


New York, NY–IMC Architecture’s interior design studio completed a new Le Café Coffee location and other alterations and upgrades at One Dag in Manhattan.

Located at 885 Second Avenue, between Grand Central Terminal and the United Nations headquarters complex in Manhattan, the 49-story, 870,000-square foot One Dag was designed by Emery Roth & Sons. The property’s name is derived from its alternative address of One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza. The skyscraper houses commercial office tenants as well as numerous permanent missions to the UN.

The One Dag ownership and management are focused on providing an exceptional experience for the property’s tenants. The latest upgrades are part of a recent multi-million-dollar capital improvement program.

The new Le Café Coffee at One Dag was a part of several IMC-designed upgrades made throughout the building. Overall work included not only the new café, which was constructed to mainly serve the building’s tenants, but also a new bike room and new package room, as well as upgrades to select hallways and a new bathroom.

The building’s lobby extends from 47th Street to 48th Street and Second Avenue. The 300-square-foot coffee shop is located closer to 48th Street and the One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, which is part of the building. The coffee shop’s main entrance is located in the lobby. It has a secondary street entrance, facing one of the property’s promenades, which doubles as an after-hours entrance to the building.

“IMC Architecture’s interior design studio focuses on commercial, institutional, and hospitality projects, including those that need to appeal to international clients, such as the new Le Café Coffee and other upgrades at One Dag,” shared Dominick Casale, AIA, NCARB, principal at IMC Architecture.

Le Café Coffee began in 1952 with the opening of the brand’s first coffee factory. The first Le Café Coffee store opened in 2013 in Manhattan’s Union Square. Since then, the company has grown to 12 locations in some of the most iconic places in Manhattan.

As the coffee shop’s operator, Le Café provided functional requirements, look and branding directions, and spec and equipment requirements. In the early phase of the design process, IMC’s designers collaborated with Le Café’s team in reviewing branding elements and materials, which included visits and meetings at the chain’s other locations. The building’s property management provided input and support throughout the process, as it was important to ensure comfortable, well-designed and functional amenities for the tenants.


WB Engineers+Consultants was the MEP engineer and the general contractor was Unity Construction Group.

Design and Construction

“Our team encountered several design challenges during the project,” said Roberto De Los Rios, IMC Architecture associate. “The coffee shop concept had to be redesigned for a much smaller square footage than the typical Le Café location. In order to accommodate all required functions in the smaller space, the operator and design team decided to specify a smaller line of appliances as well as a more compact stone serving counter. In addition, since the ceiling in the café contains mechanical systems that needed to remain accessible for maintenance, the layout had to be designed in a way that access to the ceiling wasn’t blocked by furnishings,” he continued.        

The completed café features top-of-the-line appliances and a Caesarstone counter. Some of the walls feature engineered wood in the European oak look and there are white birch-colored tiles behind the counter. There is wainscoting on the walls as well as shelving to display merchandise. The existing terrazzo flooring was preserved and repaired.

 The adjacent lobby’s marble wall tile was extended to bleed into the café entrance to provide visual continuity for customers when they enter the café from the lobby.

The café’s branding elements include vinyl wallpaper with vertical green and red stripes in different shades. The wallpaper has a film finish for ease of cleaning. Lighting elements include light sconces on the walls, track lighting in the back of the house section, and recessed lighting in the ceiling. Bookshelves hanging from the ceiling near the counter feature indirect LED lighting tape that is used for ambiance. The ceiling is drywall painted white and features a slick, linear air diffuser, which the design team chose for a more harmonious look with less visual distractions.

The new 500-square-foot bike room features bike hangers for 40 bicycles. There is new 2’x2′ recessed lighting installed in a new acoustical ceiling, for ease of maintenance.

The original package room in the lobby was demolished and reconfigured to house the new café. A new 500-square-foot package room was constructed in the sub-cellar. It features a new window counter with a roll-down gate for package pick-up. The package room houses an x-ray scanner for parcels and allocated space for additional future safety equipment. The package room also has 2’x2′ lighting fixtures in an acoustical ceiling.

Sections of the sub-cellar hallway were also renovated. The refurbished sections of the five-foot-wide sub-cellar hallway feature a concrete floor with a gray epoxy finish and 2’x2′ lighting in a new acoustical ceiling. The walls are painted white and feature diamond plate metal wainscoting.

IMC Architecture

Three principals established IMC in 2015, following accomplished careers at leading regional and national firms: Eugene Mekhtiyev, AIA, LEED GA; Jonathan Imani, AIA, NCARB; and Dominick Casale, AIA, NCARB. Working mainly in the highly regulated urban environments of New York City and the greater New York area, the founders believe compliance and creativity aren’t mutually exclusive. In addition to architectural work, the firm offers interior design services.

Known for its quality architecture, contemporary aesthetic, technical acumen and zoning expertise, the firm works predominantly in the commercial, workplace, multi-family, education, retail, hospitality and worship markets. IMC has designed some of the most prominent recent projects in New York City and the greater New York area and is one of the pioneers of the modular design and construction technology in New York City and the surrounding region. In addition to design services, the firm also operates an affiliated zoning, expediting and permitting consultancy CORE Consultants.

The studio’s portfolio features in excess of seven million square feet of architectural design and consulting projects, totaling more than $750 million in construction value. IMC Architecture’s luxury, market rate and affordable condominium and rental multi-family design work includes the 41-unit 550 Prospect Place and 16-unit 701-703 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn; 155-unit 289-299 East 161st Street, 21-unit 35 Kingston Avenue and 34,000-square foot Croton Residence in the Bronx, NY; 70-unit The Grand and 73-unit NewRo in New Rochelle, NY; and multiple upgrades to the 37-story, 807-unit 63-67 Wall Street rental property in Manhattan.

The firm’s commercial and institutional design portfolio includes the 90,000-square foot 15 Parkville Avenue commercial and medical office building, 36,500-square foot Center 15 medical services building, 20,000-square foot Spring Creek Towers property management office, Ascend Public Charter Schools at 1833 Nostrand Avenue and 2840 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, NY; the Elm Charter School at 79-20 Queens Boulevard in Queens, NY; and the 28,000-square foot Persian Congregation of Flatbush, in Brooklyn.

For additional information, please visit www.imcarchitecture.com.


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