Freshfields, EC2M London, UK
The new London headquarters for leading legal firm Freshfields occupies levels 20-32 of 100 Bishopsgate in the City of London.
Our five-year journey on the project saw ID:SR Sheppard Robson act as strategic advisers and designers, with activity ranging from building acquisition to interior architecture. One of the several changes to the base-build was the addition of a series of sculptural staircases that facilitate connection—both throughout the office and between teams. This fosters the collegiate culture of Freshfields, helping to attract and retain talent for the company’s future aspirations.
Dual reception levels create a welcoming arrival and seamless client experience, while offering the flexibility to accommodate clients and large groups for events, catering to the variety and vitality of the activity that takes place within the office. The design decision was part of a wider internal masterplan drawn-up by ID:SR, with our varied role ranging from helping agree the terms of the lease and additions to the base-built right through to sculpting interior spaces where workplace and hospitality converge.
An Innovation Hub offers a drop-in lounge to facilitate events, conferences and connections for this forward-thinking law firm. A combination of cellular offices with open plan working spaces, and an exceptional variety of alternative workspaces allows Freshfields to operate in its traditional working modes, while simultaneously modernising and contributing to a culture of innovation.
Connection is at the fore of the design, while accommodating the established working modes of a law firm. Tea points and central ‘heart spaces’ throughout provide space for socialising and connecting. Integrated amenities—along with high end finishes and elegant detailing—impart a sense of comfort and care throughout, converging workplace with hospitality.
Natural light floods the office, with biophilic manifestations on glass panels capturing daylight and enlivening internal spaces. This is one of many elements of a thorough wellness strategy, with features that promote healthy and productive working woven throughout the building.
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer