Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star high rise building at 1 Bligh Street, Sydney is now the Sydney home to one of Australia's largest legal practices, Clayton Utz.

The base building qualities are well aligned with Clayton Utz's core values of transparency and integrity.

Bates Smart’s fitout for leading law firm Clayton Utz spans 15 levels. This integrated fitout is the result of close collaboration with the building’s architects, Ingehoven and Architectus. The architectural language of 1 Bligh Street was a strong starting point for the project.

Bates Smart’s design concept expresses the synergy between the building and Clayton Utz, referencing the shared qualities of integrity, transparency and endurance. The interior represents the next generation of legal workplace delivering the connected workspace sought for collaboration and mentoring while still ensuring acoustic privacy for focused work and confidentiality.

Two client floors are linked with a dramatic stair sweeping down beside the atrium while the meeting rooms on these floors take advantage of the dress circle views over Sydney Harbour. Legal floors are ringed with highly transparent perimeter offices enabling the clear glazed external facade to admit maximum natural light to every work area with the added benefit of views for all. A generous staff Cafe is integrated with the library creating a hub for easy and informal interaction. Flexibility has been incorporated to enable the premises to adapt to change whilst the design carries the enduring quality which will ensure these premises last as long as Clayton Utz’s last home designed by Bates Smart in 1992.

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