A Law Office Winner of Best Interior Architecture

Posted at Legal Practice Intelligence - 5 July 2016

The BVN designed Minter Ellison workplace is the winner of the 2016 John Verge Award for Interior Architecture in the NSW Architecture Awards conducted by the Australian Institute of Architects.

According to the jury this project “provides a new benchmark for the design of legal workplaces”.

They found that “through a rigorous challenging of the traditional hierarchical legal office structure, the architects have developed a new model blending office based work with the principles of Activity Based Workplace (ABW). The result is a physical representation of a collaborative and connected working environment.”

The jury also noted that choosing to minimise material use by exposing concrete floors and ceilings “was bold for a legal workspace and reflects the progressive nature of the project and the client.”

Ms Domino Risch, Workplace Director, BVN, noted that “a desire for visual connectivity has created a series of overlapping and cascading voids with a ribbon-like winding oak stair connecting the floors, minimising lift use and encouraging less sedentary behaviour.”

She also pointed out that there are a range of work settings, “with minimally sized multi-functional offices for partners and sit-to-stand benches, with the number of partners choosing to sit with their teams steadily increasing.”

Also notable is the fact that Minter Ellison attributes a doubling in graduates seeking to join them to the value of the workplace strategy and design.

The named awards are the most prestigious prizes given by the Institute and this award also makes the Minter Ellison workplace eligible to receive a national architecture award that will be announced in Sydney in November. 

Minter Ellison Workplace-HD from BVN on Vimeo.

 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place Sydney


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