Paul, Hastings LLP
Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; Paris; London and Frankfurt
Paul Hastings LLP, a multi-disciplinary law firm with offices worldwide, selected Rottet Studio to devise a unifying design scheme for its offices that reinforces the firm’s corporate identity and branding efforts and reflects the culture of one of the nation’s most dynamic law firms. Beginning with interiors in Orange County, California and continuing through 11 more projects around the world, the design team conducted extensive programming interviews with key personnel within the firm to arrive at a common design theme for all the offices. Each office employs the newly designed standards, yet is able to maintain the distinct personality of the individual offices.
Paul Hastings’ Los Angeles headquarters were designed to endorse the culture established by the law firm’s young, vibrant managing partners. The office environment was designed with a modern, neutral palette and angled planes of drywall that reflect and enhance natural light throughout the space. The ethereal quality of the office design is calming and epitomizes Paul Hastings’ business approach; yet, the richly textured design materials and careful detailing offer a counterpoint to the lightness of the space and reinforce the law firm’s strength and depth.
For its New York offices, Rottet Studio and Paul Hastings chose to consolidate the firm’s two prior New York locations into a single office on eleven consecutive floors, thus requiring a phased renovation while occupied by the tenant. The design team chose to arrange the floor plan with support spaces - a conference room, files, and pantry - in the center and private offices lining the perimeter. Anchoring the project is an interconnecting staircase linking the conference center with all eight typical attorney floors above.
The Washington, D.C. office follows the design standards already in place in the New York and Los Angeles offices. Rottet Studio incorporated the use of glass, canted and floating walls, and angled ceiling planes to reflect and draw natural light into the interior. Because of the building’s historical status, however, a combination of traditional, classic motifs with Paul Hastings’ progressive, streamlined culture was created to make the transition between the outside façade and the interior.