New York Stock Exchange: Next Generation Trading Floor

Perkins Eastman designed the New York Stock Exchange’s (NYSE) “next-generation trading floor,” creating a unique workspace custom re-designed for the NYSE Euronext’s blend of high-tech, high-touch trading. NYSE Euronext wanted an environment where brokers can serve customers in multiple markets and multiple asset classes more efficiently and effectively right from the NYSE trading floor—integrating off-floor and on-floor operations.

The phased transformation provides modern, seated workspaces with room for multiple computer screens; replacing crowded, wooden booths where brokers and their assistants stand elbow to elbow.

The remake of the main room of the world’s best-known trading floor uses sleek, curved, translucent glass walls and new lighting to brighten the room and recapture the marble walls and original windows that were obscured earlier. The project also includes streamlining the large, circular desks throughout the trading floor where the designated market makers are located, as well as updating the electronic wallboards into color, high-definition, flexible-content displays. The project will result in approximately 200 individual broker stations.

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