WorldWideWorkplaces – Ballard Spahr (Francis Cauffman)

WorldWideWorkplaces is where we take a look at some of the best examples of office design from across the globe.

Ballard Spahr – Philadelphia

The newly remodelled offices of Philadelphia law firm, Ballard Spahr needed to be adaptable, efficient and responsive to the needs of their staff. They wanted their regional headquarters to be a prototype for their offices around the country.

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Architecture firm, Francis Cauffman, created an office design that encouraged collaboration and improved staff wellbeing, with a central staircase as an alternative to elevators, plenty of natural light, and a fitness centre.

Shared neighbourhoods were created, with employees encouraged to move around the office and 65 percent more space allocated to spaces for collaboration and teamwork.

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The office is 20 percent smaller, reduced from 10 floors to 8, using space a lot more efficiently but utilising a design that actually makes it feel bigger and more open.

A central hub on each floor has a collaborative space and conference room, as well as open lounge spaces and cafés, a “grab and go” concession, a town centre, cafeteria, and even a gym to encourage fitness in the office.

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It’s certainly refreshing to see collaboration and wellbeing incorporated into the offices of a law firm, an industry which can sometimes be seen as having a stuffy, corporate environment.

Image Source; Francis Cauffman

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