Boies Schiller Flexner by Schiller Projects: 2019 Best of Year Winner for Midsize Corporate Office
A modernist architect might begin a design with a concept. A text-driven architect might initiate a project with a theory. But for Aaron Schiller, principal of the integrated architecture, design, branding, and strategy consultancy, Schiller Projects, the process starts with data. For the New York headquarters of Boies Schiller Flexner, a high-profile international law practice relocating from Midtown to Hudson Yards, the first thing Schiller and his team did was to descend on the firm’s existing offices like sociologists.
The research revealed that the best floor plan for the client broke down into an array of small rooms, lounges, and individuated work spaces. The final layout did not simply translate the social hierarchy of a law firm into a map of its power structure but facilitated interaction across such lines. “There are no corner offices,” Schiller states.
To break the vertical separation of the 81,000-square-foot office, the firm connected the three levels with a stack of generously proportioned curving stairs set in an open well. A measure of unpredictability comes courtesy of The Ribbons, a ceiling sculpture of thousands of beaded strands hanging like an inverted mountain range, further connecting spaces.
Project Team: Colin Cleland.