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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP), a multi-faceted, international law firm, was looking to downsize their Chicago office from three to two floors. The firm tapped our design team for a renovation-in-place that not only maintained elements of the firm’s previous architecture and design, but also included a universal layout allowing all employees to feel represented while fusing high-design, biophilic, and natural elements.

The reimagined office consists of a new multi-purpose conferencing space, internal stair, art gallery space, and entertainment area. Our design team gave the firm the most agility by taking the space of three private offices and turning it into a shared co-working space where up to seven people can work at once. The area provides zones for private calls, group meetings, video calls, and heads down work.

The gem of the interior refresh is the new feature staircase, which was designed to provide an easier connection between staff across floors. Our design team strategically placed the stairs off the main reception and conferencing area and up against one of the light-filtered corners of the building.

Additionally, a green wall and the increased accessibility to natural sunlight emphasize the biophilic aspect to elevate the connection between the city and nature. Bright light is easily accessible throughout the offices—accentuating the palette and celebrating the relationship between contrasting surfaces, which creates a professional yet modern aesthetic.