55 Hudson Yards
In New York, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, a leading law firm, has opened its new headquarters at 55 Hudson Yards. Designed by architecture and design firm Schiller Projects, the more than 100,000-square-foot office is situated across four floors (18 – 21) of a new building developed by Related Companies, Mitsui and Oxford. The office is distinguished by a 4,000-square-foot cafe, mixed- use work rooms, conference lounges, call rooms, libraries, open platform offices, and dozens of collaboration spaces. A result of an in depth workplace strategy assessment, evaluating the best way for BSF’s litigators to work, the new offices are ground breaking for the legal profession: fostering collaboration and innovation unlike any other.
Boies Schiller Flexner’s new headquarters anchors the newly opened 55 Hudson Yards, the second building to open in the visionary reimagining of Midtown West. 55 Hudson Yards, designed by A. Eugene Kohn of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), is a 1.3-million-square-foot office building located at the intersection of Hudson Yards, the High Line and Hudson Park & Boulevard. The LEED Gold-designed building stands 780 feet tall with the entrance located just across from the No. 7 Subway station. Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Centre.
“Our innovative new headquarters at Hudson Yards anchors our growing, global law firm. We are thrilled to have partnered with Related Companies, whose full-service team has developed a great building that we are able to capitalize on. We are already seeing the impact of the dynamic office design in how our lawyers interact and collaborate,” said David Boies, Chairman of BSF.
Recognised by the Architecture Masterprize 2019, Schiller Projects said that their initial brief was to re-imagine BSF’s New York offices, aligning the built environment with the firm’s collaborative workstyle, all while fostering their uniquely egalitarian corporate culture.
They said: “The project, the outcome of a full integration of a top-down analysis of the client’s workplace behaviours and design, delivered architectural solutions driven by aggregated data. This resulted in a space with no private corner offices, but rather a flowing space – a unique approach to open office design. An inversion of the traditional law office model, flipping perimeter closed offices to perimeter open work spaces, is promoting measurable increases in collaboration and employee workplace satisfaction.”
The main reception space welcomes visitors and clients into the office whilst the three-floor space revolves around the elegant, free-floating spiral staircase, promoting impromptu meetings between employees and easy access across the office setting. Ample sitting space and booths line the office’s café, a place for employees and clients to host casual meetings or to socialize. And the espresso bar acts as a highly accessible and recreational meeting place for all members of the office to use and enjoy on a day-to-day basis.
Suspended above “The Ribbons,” a project-wide, three-storey metal sculpture draws the eye through the breadth and beauty of this distinctive commercial project.
Schiller Projects commented on their recognition for the project: “We are so proud of the recognition this project has received in the design world over this past year. With entries from over 65 countries, Architecture MasterPrize is evidently a global champion of quality and innovative architectural design. We are honoured to have been selected as a winner in their Commercial category this year Interior Workplace Design.”