The award-winning London office of the global law firm K&L Gates LLP set new standards for international architectural collaboration.
Winner of the prestigious 2012 ‘Best of the Best’ workplace award from the British Council for Offices, the project combines design by Washington DC-based architects Lehman Smith McLeish, lighting planned by Seider Lighting Design of Berlin and lighting fixtures designed and manufactured by Zumtobel USA.
The office is located at One New Change, an iconic retail and office development designed by Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel. With a majestic view over St. Paul’s Cathedral , the building is composed of faceted glass walls and sloping internal structures, which are designed to complement the iconic lines of the nearby cathedral.
Architect Debra Lehman-Smith was tasked with the job of creating a modern office space which combined architectural design with the functional requirements of enhancing professional interaction and encouraging flexibility in working practices.
Combining design with function was also central to the lighting solution. Debra Lehman-Smith called on the lighting design experience of Chris Seider and the office lighting solutions expertise of Zumtobel, who set about using light to define the interior space and actively contribute to a dynamic modern office environment.
Zumtobel developed Slotlight with bespoke lighting distributions to create bands of light, demarcating areas in the open-plan office. Art installations are tastefully accentuated by 2LIGHT MINI and Mellow Light 5 forms the basis of the general lighting. Resclite and Artsign offer a high quality emergency lighting solution.
Chris Seider worked closely together with Zumtobel to deliver an innovative solution with the best possible lighting quality. Transparent office walls maximise daylight integration and different colour temperatures are used to provide a subtle visible division between internal and public areas. Zumtobel used the latest LED technology to help maximise energy efficiency and reduce running costs.
The K&L Gates LLP example shows how international collaboration can be effectively used to create a leading international project that meets very specific requirements.
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