The plan for the interior design of the new Allens Linklaters headquarters in Brisbane was very specific: create a workspace that reflected the law firm’s lengthy tradition and cultural heritage and, at the same time, evoked its market position as both dynamic and open to new opportunities.
The task of re-working the layout of the reception area, offices and meeting rooms spread over two floors and connected by a stairway, was entrusted to Bates Smart, Australian interdisciplinary architecture, interior design and strategic services firm, in business since 1853, with offices in Sydney and Melbourne.
The elegant contrast of materials and color palette, alternating between warm and cool, light and dark, reflects the different facets of the Allens Linklaters practice and forms the perfect backdrop for the firm’s extensive art collection.
Crafted with artful balance between the areas set aside for individual work and those for team collaboration, the workspaces encourage interaction between people, including in the break room next to the staircase.
The reception area and client meeting rooms provide a sophisticated, welcoming atmosphere. A seductive combination of premium materials – ranging from marble to velvet – and elegant, timeless furniture upholstered in fabrics in shades of grey, is featured in the reception space.
Headliners here are the comfortable Lounge Seymour sofas by Rodolfo Dordoni, with their soft shapes, compact proportions and sinuous lines, and the Aston armchairs, also by the Milanese architect and designer. Unabashedly retro, the Aston armchair is distinguished by its graceful silhouette and slender proportions, as well as the soft seat and backrest padding. Pewter color cast aluminum feet accent its elegant contours.