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Varnum Law Detroit

modern workspace doubles as a space for client entertaining

The recent manufacturing come-back and surplus of technology start-ups moving to Detroit persuaded this 127-year-old law firm to open up their newest office location within Detroit’s business district. The firm was interested in breaking the traditional mold of law firm design and programming by adding transparency to the office space. Designers transformed the raw, sixth floor space of the Federal Reserve Building into modern offices with hospitality-oriented amenitites. The space plan features a democratic layout with offices placed on the interior core and several communal spaces along windows. To bring more natural light into the space, Nanawalls are included throughout the office. Materials from the existing space, such as terracotta walls and concrete floors, are exposed and paired with modern furniture and a warm color palette to create a perfect balance of old and new. Additionally, a 2,400 SF terrace on the west side of the office showcases the views of downtown Detroit and hosts client events.