Monday 03 Jun 2013
Following their merger with Hammonds, the law firm Squire Sanders commissioned Jacobs Webber to design the interiors for their London headquarters at 7 Devonshire Square in the City Of London.
The design of the public spaces on two of the top floors of the building had to cater for meetings with clients, seminars and entertainment; the overall area available was 1,400 m sq.
The brief required 23 meeting rooms in varying sizes from small four person meeting rooms up to a seminar room for a hundred people; a new reception lobby, a lounge, new toilets, catering facilities and support functions.
Squire Sanders required a design that would bring their new office in line with the rest of their international corporate offices and should have a timeless feeling.
A restrained and elegant palette of materials was selected consisting of Arabescato marble, glass, fabric and timber to convey a timeless feel. To compensate for relatively low ceilings Jacobs Webber were keen to ensure that the spaces should have an added luminosity to them and this was achieved through indirect graduated lighting from backlit laminated silk, luminous ceilings and coffers that also served to emphasise the shapes of the rooms.
The first impression upon arrival at the main lobby is one of brightness expressed through a series of subtle variations on white using sleek back-painted kiln glass, back painted low iron glass and silk fabric laminated in low iron glass backlit by LEDs. The reception desk is the counterpoint of the space with dark fumed eucalyptus veneer arranged horizontally to emphasise the sculptural sliding curved masses.
To answer the need for more event space whilst maintaining meeting rooms, a cluster of six flexible meeting spaces were created that employ glass and solid moveable walls to combine into a conference and pre-function space for 100 people with full VC, presentation and catering capabilities.
As a counterpoint to the flexible spaces a series of ‘signature' rooms were created, each with its own distinctive shape (circle/oval/octagon) and bespoke furniture in marble, stainless steel, leather, fabric laminated glass and burred walnut.
The bespoke conference room tables predominantly use crown-cut figured European Walnut with a central field of Burr Walnut veneer. The doors were made with fumed Oak veneer with push plates engraved with room numbers, concealed stainless steel hinges and closers.