Bowman and Brooke, LLP

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Law Firm Headquarters

Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Size
57,000 GSF, 5300 M2

Services
Interior Architecture, Lighting Design, Programming

Sustainable Programs
LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) (LEED-CI)-Certified

Awards
FAB (Fresh Artistic Brilliant) Award -- Sustainable Design, Project Award, Top Projects of 2007

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“They blew everyone away with dramatic ideas for color, light and liveliness and brought green to us.”

—Dick Bowman, Founding Partner

Description

The directive was clear: Bowman and Brooke didn't want to look like a typical law firm. They wanted a new environment that was anything but dark, somber, ponderous or heavy—or “cave-like," as employees called their previous offices.

The new LEED-certified, three-story practice headquarters by SmithGroupJJR met the mark. Even more so, the bold and unique space helped reinforce their image as a firm of choice for a range of clients while underscoring their role as stewards of the environment. Private offices hug the perimeter with full-height, three-foot-wide sidelights, allowing natural light into circulation space. Open workstations at the windows provide exterior views from all corridors, while shared spaces—including the library, main conference room and employee café—are glass-enclosed, adding to the overall sense of transparency. A three-level stair provides a dramatic centerpiece and acts as a connecting spine linking all floors in a casually elegant manner.

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