Inside Havas New York, an advertising company which has its own dedicated meditation room and weekly farmer's market
Tucked between SoHo on the east and the Hudson River on the west, global ad network Havas' New York office is a vibrant, artistic hub spanning six floors in Manhattan's Hudson Square neighborhood.
The sprawling 260,000 square-foot space has a noticeably modern and minimalist slant, with an open-plan layout that is dotted with plenty of communal areas, couches, edgy staircases, mini-pods and graphic posters.But that's hardly the most unique aspect of the Vivendi-owned advertising giant.
What makes the agency stand out is its emphasis on healthy, holistic living and clean eating - a passion project of its chief creative officer Harry Bernstein, who was brought on board when Havas acquired his social media and digital shop The 88 in September.
"People always question whether there is such a thing as work-life balance in advertising, but what I'm pushing for is work-life integration," he told Business Insider. "If I'm asking you to dedicate yourself to this career, I have to be equally invested in you as a person. As a leader, it's my responsibility to lead people to this place of empathy and holistic living."
Havas New York has a dedicated meditation room, an analog room lined with hundreds of books and records and hosts a farmer's market for its employees every Tuesday.
We took a tour of the space on a recent Tuesday. Here are some highlights: