Clyde & Co
A largely glazed perimeter and rare outdoor terraces were some of the challenges and opportunities inherent in the interior design brief from this client, a commercial law practice.
The new low-rise commercial building by Grimshaw was designed with 80 per cent of its perimeter in floor-to-ceiling glass to immerse its occupants in the city street life below.
Designing this interior meant rethinking the need for inbuilt storage, in favour of freestanding pieces and glazed partitioning. This increased the natural light access by 25 per cent over the client’s previous offices.
The site also invited a softening of the typical hierarchy of legal environments. More than 270 people work there, over five levels, which include a dedicated client level. The best views into the surrounding heritage precinct were given to the communal kitchen and training room level. Equipped with a pool table, fussball and full kitchen, it's also an informal meeting space with a cafe/club lounge sensibility.
A natural palette of smoky timber floorboards, muted colours and indoor plants, creates a calm environment. Reception and client levels are warmly finished with honed terrazzo flooring, rich timber veneers and lush plantings to offer a warm welcome to visitors and clients. Subtle lighting effects in the ceiling offer a visual rhythm that helps with way finding.