Architecture Collaboration : Sónia Martins, Rui Pedro Santos
Builder : Tecniarte
Lighting : Light Design
Flooring: Hakwood, Bolon
Sanitary Ware & Equipment : LX | concept, Barmat
Furniture : VectorMais, Poltrona Frau
Text description provided by the architects. Housed in an iconic office building and newly opened in Lisbon, the headquarters of this International Law Firm distinguishes by its contemporary space. The program for the Office provided a customer area with meeting rooms, an auditorium and an outdoor patio for events and individual partner offices, double and group offices and support and facility spaces.
The space chosen for the new headquarters is divided into 4 floors, of approximately 1000sqm each, and an outdoor patio with 350sqm. The arc shape building plan where the office is part prints rhythm and movement, enhanced by niches of the double pivoting doors in black Valchromat MDF, which give access to the various offices and meeting rooms along the corridors
The main entrance is at level 0, directly from the building atrium. Here are located the Meeting Rooms for clients, Council Room, Library and some offices. The direct visual relationship with a green lawn of 3500sqm and the proximity to the original palace from the end of the nineteenth century immediately lead us to a very distant universe of the busy city that was left outside the building. The Library is the main element of this space, with a role emphasized by glass walls and large shelves in black carpentry, lined with books. The Council meeting room imposes by its size.
The elliptical staircase emerges as a central element, moving, ripping the slabs and unifies all floors. Invites us to peek and give us to know the real dimension of the area extending up to 2 floors with offices, and down, in Foyer and Auditorium with high-ceiling and direct access to an outdoor patio with 350sqm. On this floor there is also an internal cafeteria, with direct access to the patio. In the Auditorium the pivoting doors in black Valchromat MDF with 5m high and the floor designed in bolon give irreverence to this office that is meant to be sober and minimalist.
The color palette of the work zones is based on the black carpentry contrast to the white walls of plasterboard. The lighting design, highlights the forms and gives life to every detail. The various shades of gray and some wood notes and transparent or lacquered glass appears especially in areas for clients in the areas of internal or leisure. The upper office floors are developed through a central axis, a hallway arch where the end is not discovered and which acts as backbone distribution to the various offices .