The global law firm, Baker McKenzie wanted to explore the idea of a new kind of law firm environment that would address how law firms work now and will work in the future. Baker McKenzie leased a half floor in their building at 815 Connecticut Ave. to experiment with a new type of law office.
The exterior walls were lined with attorney offices, but the associates share offices to work together. The interior perimeter wall is glass with sliding glass doors for maximum efficiency of space. The workwall is pulled off the exterior wall about 18 inches and glass fins allow an expansive view through the offices to the street.
The core is lined on one side by a café with several seating types. Parallel to the café are 4 conference rooms built of low-iron glass. The rooms seem open, but each has a lacquered wood monument with hidden sliding doors that allow the rooms to be closed. Each room has different types of furniture and can accommodate various types of uses from formal meetings to late night video game breaks.
Some sections of the glass are covered with a dichroic glass film. The film is slightly reflective, and the dichroic colors interact with the refracted and reflected colors to energize the center of the space and allow people to not be distracted by others outside or inside the rooms. Natural light filters through the entire office and is made electric just where it would normally fade out.
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