With one of the greater rates of growth company wide, Orrick’s Menlo Park office addressed its growing need for space by expanding into two additional buildings on their current site, increasing attorney capacity by 30%. The key project challenge was knitting together four different buildings to create a cohesive campus that promotes the firm’s distinct corporate identity yet still reflects the Menlo Park office’s unique culture and working style.
STUDIOS strategically placed exterior walkways, landscape features, and wayfinding elements throughout the site increase physical and visual connectivity between all four buildings, and encourage interaction between employees. The centerpiece of the new campus is the commons area, which houses the primary office services, records department, and dining facility. Borrowing from high tech design typologies, the dining area and adjacent patio create an indoor/outdoor social hub visible from all other buildings, and double as an all-hands meeting room. The campus also features attorney offices and related support, and a renovated conference center.
Interior spaces are light and airy; the neutral color palette is accentuated by splashes of bright orange. Floor tiles embedded with small LED lights create ambient light and add visual interest. Colored panels in red, white, yellow, and orange form one wall of the café, while four large pivoting Sycamore doors divide the space into two sections to accommodate private weekly partner meetings without restricting staff access to the dining area.