Wade Ziperstein

Hellmuth & Johnson

Law Firm Interior Build-Out

This 37,533 square foot space was built out for a prominent Edina, Minnesota law firm specializing in real estate, construction, medical malpractice and business law. Encompassing two floors, the space is divided into groups by practice area, including 71 private offices, 10 conference rooms and open office areas. Special spaces include a large, inviting lunchroom with lounge and dining areas as well as a 60-seat seminar room. Moveable partitions and tables were used to allow maximum flexibility.

The elevator lobby features the firm’s logo incorporated into a wall of back painted glass framed with wood paneling to provide richness and texture. An open-riser staircase acts as a connecting spine, linking the firm’s community spaces with reception and a conference center. Due to the building’s structural layout the stair could only be three feet wide, although visually it seems wider. Along one side of the stair a continuous, articulated wall runs the entire height of the space. Through the use of different materials and pushing and pulling of volumes the wall is treated as a piece of art.

The reception area links the East and West sides of the unusual, boomerang-like floor plate. Adjacent to the reception area is a conference center with private offices beyond. Upon entering the reception area, a series of vertical and diagonal stainless steel poles behind the reception desk create a visual backdrop and focal point with a sense of movement and energy. Overall, the design reflects the firm’s progressive philosophy, but is formal enough to inspire confidence.

My Role: Architectural Designer

Architect: Studio Hive

Photographer: Jim Gallop

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