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law office, with large private offices and conference rooms, monumental architectural
elements and furniture, and few opportunities for employee interaction,” said Tiffany
English, principal of Ware Malcomb’s San Diego offices. “With their lease expiring,
NoonanLance seized the chance to find a new space that would allow them to shift away
from this traditional design toward a more progressive and efficient office environment.”
To depart from the traditional law-office environment, NoonanLance sought a new
site that provided a more creative feel. The 5,000-square-foot office occupies the top
floor in a historic building in San Diego’s East Village, and the overall design highlights
the classical nature of the structure by creating an industrial loft aesthetic. Previously
used as a warehouse, the building’s open floorplan provided the perfect opportunity
for a fresh design for NoonanLance’s office. Additionally, “the project provided a
great opportunity to reuse features and materials of the existing warehouse space,
since they aligned with the aesthetic sought by the client,” English explained.
The existing brick walls, and wood floors and ceilings, were restored and left
exposed, while hanging pendant lights, exposed ductwork, and skylights complete
the look. Throughout the space, earth-tone finishes complement the brick and
wood, while a vivid blue accent on select furniture and millwork livens the space
and acknowledges San Diego’s beach city image.
NoonanLance also wanted an open and collaborative workspace to inspire
creativity and engagement while providing an inviting and comfortable environment
for clients. To achieve this, the design team focused on reducing visual and physical
barriers to foster employee interaction. Central administrative staff workstations
utilize low partitions to encourage verbal communication and provide unobstructed
lines of sight across the space. Private working areas were still a necessary part
of the design due to the need for confidential client meetings, so these offices are
located along the perimeter and feature glass walls to maintain a visual connection.
The break area provides informal gathering space, offering employees a place to
gather for impromptu meetings and interactions.
“The resulting environment is relaxed, inviting, and less imposing than a typical
corporate law office,” English observed.
Dark, high-pressure laminates used
on workstations provide durability and
achieve a strong, yet clean, aesthetic.
Pressed laminated glass from 3Form was
specified for the workstations to add a touch
of privacy, and pops of color and pattern.
The Torsa Task Chair was chosen for the
open office workstations for its exceptional
flexibility, comfort, and styling.
Private offices utilize the STAKS Desk system,
which includes eclectic textures and patterns,
and scales flexibly to individual needs.