Year Up

During design development, the architect introduced a design motif of a hexagon pattern. In part, the Hexagon pattern is a response to the non-orthogonal plan of the building’s floorplate. The hexagon shape also aligns with the six core values the Year Up organization instills in their students. The space is designed to be a bridge between not only the academic and professional worlds; it is also a bridge for young adults to become financially independent. Year Up executes its mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. The striking hexagon pattern was used liberally throughout the space in many different materials; eventually it made a transition from being a flat pattern on a wall, floor or ceiling to become more of a sculptural element in the form of a booth near the entrance of the space. Weaving in a literal and figurative sense of transparency was another design solution for this important project. Running contrary to all other floorplates in this high-rent neighborhood, the architect carved a perimeter space in which the result is a hallway encircling the entire floor. The idea behind this design solution is that everyone at Year Up shares the outside views. The perimeter corridor is also an invitation to social transparency; walking around from room to room reveals Year Up’s transformative process in a very literal way.

Shaw Contract’s Hexagon carpet tile is the foundation for the architect’s conception of the design and communicates design intent for this project. Referencing Year Up’s six core values in its educational and training process, the hexagon motif became a design theme adopted by the client and how to tell the organization’s story to new candidates for the program.


New York City, New York, USA

Design Firm



  • K-12
  • Collection


    Products Used

    plane hexagon
    field tile
    linear shift hexagon
    color frame tile


    2016 Design Award Category Winner