After nearly 60 years in Midtown Manhattan, L’Oréal USA announced that its first employees have officially moved into the company’s new U.S. headquarters at 10 Hudson Yards. Over the next few months, 1,300 L’Oréal USA employees will occupy 10 floors of the building, spanning more than 400,000 square feet of the 1.8 million-square foot Platinum LEED designed Tower on Manhattan’s West Side. L’Oréal’s pioneering role as Hudson Yards’ second tenant signals the neighborhood’s evolution into a dynamic new urban center that is set to become a cultural hub for New York City.
The majority of L’Oréal USA’s corporate functions and brand teams including Essie, Garnier, Lancôme, La Roche-Posay, L’Oréal Paris, Matrix, Maybelline, Redken and SkinCeuticals will be housed at the 10 Hudson Yards building, a modern glass office tower nestled alongside the iconic High Line. Approximately 150 employees, including creative teams from across L’Oréal USA’s brand portfolio and The Body Shop, recently relocated to the nearby Terminal Stores building, a revitalized West Chelsea warehouse complex that used to be home to a transfer station for the New York Central Railroad.
“Hudson Yards and Terminal Stores have a dynamic and creative energy that aligns with the culture we are building at L’Oréal USA,” said Frédéric Rozé, President and CEO of L’Oréal USA. “L’Oréal is a 107-year-old company with the heart of a startup. These two locations represent the new entrepreneurial spirit of Manhattan, and the spaces we’ve created are a modern new home for L’Oréal USA that will inspire the future of our company.”
Working with Gensler, the leading global design firm, L’Oréal USA custom-designed the Hudson Yards office space with collaboration in mind. The layout features an open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the office with natural light and a cutting-edge lighting and solar shade system that adjusts to occupancy and the amount of outdoor light. Energy-efficient appliances, a vacuum waste collection system and a bio-digester in the cafeteria for food waste align with the company’s Sharing Beauty With All sustainability commitments.
The state-of-the-art office features an array of bespoke areas designed to fuel L’Oréal’s innovation engine, including an interactive virtual retail room for advanced retail planning, a technical salon and treatment room for product evaluation, and a learning center for employee trainings. An employee cafe and 4,000 square foot terrace features indoor and outdoor seating areas with striking views of the Hudson River and downtown skyline, and includes a juice and coffee bar and a daily menu of healthy food options. Other employee amenities include a flagship company store, an employee nail salon, an on-site employee concierge, and a wellness suite with four mother’s rooms and two meditation rooms to support healthy minds and bodies.
“L’Oréal USA has been a fixture in New York City for more than half a century and is one of the most innovative global consumer brands, using science and technology to redefine beauty. This culture of creativity and forward-thinking will thrive in the iconic 10 Hudson Yards tower, and we are thrilled to have them as one of our inaugural tenants,” said Stephen M. Ross, chairman and founder of Related Companies. “Today is another milestone resulting from years of work and preparation for the development team, and we couldn’t be more excited for the L’Oréal USA team to enjoy this amazing space at Hudson Yards.”