The design for the project marries traditional and contemporary elements of legal workplace design while providing a touch of regionalism to denote the firm’s southern locale. Attorney offices are placed around the perimeter of the plan and administrative support elements have been clustered around the central core. To maximize natural lighting throughout the space, Adotta glass walls were used and a generous corridor width of over 6’-0” was maintained to keep the space feeling light and open. The recessed ceiling element in the main reception was painted a pale blue color as a nod to front porches of the Old South. Additionally, in the Break area modern light fixtures with a cut-crystal detail were used over the tables, the treads of the convenience stair were wrapped in solid oak, and the white lacquered fin detail at the base of the glass walls was inspired by the cross section of plantation shutters. Finally, the art collection which features works by Chihuly, as well as a few local artists, was hand-selected to compliment the white, grey and steel blue palette, adding subtle cues to the clients brand color.
The client sought to create a serene, modern work environment that incorporates lots of natural light. Desiring an office space that didn’t feel like other typical law firm spaces, their program requirements included offices for approximately 80 attorneys, 15 paralegals, workstations for 18 administrative staff, a central file storage room, copy center, an employee break area and lounge, and a conference center, including a multi-purpose room for training and after hour events, and an A/V conference room. The project is situated on three floors, two of which are connected via a communicating stair. The conference center sits on the building’s top floor, and shares the floor with existing offices. This floor was an occupied renovation, with extensive finish upgrades to the existing office space.