Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe asked STUDIOS to assess five potential locations for their new headquarters; the law firm selected the top four floors of the STUDIOS-designed Foundry Square 2—an innovative and visionary new office/retail development—for its new San Francisco location. The 150-year-old law firm then asked STUDIOS to design a new state-of-the-art office space to meet the needs of modern law firm operations, as well as to update the firm’s corporate identity.
STUDIOS’ design concept accentuates many virtues of the building’s core and shell, such as its undulating roofline, the use of canted volumes juxtaposed with more conventional rectilinear forms, and most important its transparent glass skin, which provides panoramic views of downtown and floods interior spaces with natural light. Striated and gridded patterns are repeated throughout the project in windows, floor planes and ceilings. The design creates a modern interpretation of materials typically associated with institutional architecture—wood paneling and stone balance and enrich the office’s light-filled interiors. The resulting architecture associates Orrick with enlightenment and vision.