In an era when open plan and hybrid office workspaces are dominant, designing a workplace like Banco Chambers that prioritises highly private offices is somewhat unusual. The space focuses on procession and order, which is achieved by creating a sequence of arrival spaces throughout the workplace. Bespoke bookcases and joinery act as walls to demarcate each different space; they also double as showcase spaces for Banco’s extensive library. At the centre of the fitout is a curved feature staircase that vertically connects Banco’s two levels. Its elegant design draws people to the heart of the workplace and anchors the different shared services, including the breakouts, the library and event space.
The company’s barristers are inherently detail driven people, and they wanted that rigour and attention carried through their new workplace design. We interpreted this desire by meticulously crafting all scales of the space, from the plan down to the stair bannister, which is wrapped in leather and cross stitched on the underside, much like the steering wheel of a luxury car. Other inspiration was drawn from details in some of Europe’s greatest cities. London terrace streetscapes inspired the repetition of the plan and tailoring of the details for each chamber, while Milan’s grand reveals and porticoes were reinterpreted as the office’s doorways and portals to create a formal sense of arrival throughout both levels.
设计公司：Bates Smart Architects