Designing state of the art professional offices in a historic building is always a challenge, especially when the design needs to be approved by authorities from cultural and historic building preservation departments.
These law firm offices are housed in a 1920’s historic building on the Shanghai Bund. The new interior design re-presents historic references of Shanghai and art-deco, within the context of a modern working and meeting environment for an international law practice. Materials include carefully selected marbles, back-lit onyx, black metalwork, wood veneers, and a restrained amount of the firm’s accent blue in such items as rugs or upholstered partitions. ‘Shanghai’ themed artwork commissioned from famous Chinese artist Zhang Quan adds cultural value and distinction to the client spaces.
The meeting spaces in this project are noteworthy for their range and diversity, including not only traditional meeting rooms, but also a Chinese VIP meeting room (with armchairs rather than a conference table), and three flexible meeting rooms that convert to a generous seminar space using high-spec acoustic partitioning and flexible furniture. Although the client spaces clearly received the highest level of attention, the working office also enjoys high ceilings, celebrated with interesting uplighting and architectural details. Arguably the best real estate available, with commanding corner views of the Bund and the river, is given to the staff lounge, where a convivial club like atmosphere combines furniture for reading, socializing, working and of course eating.