Law Firm | West Palm Beach, Florida | 19,000 sf | 2009

Having assisted Novak, Druce + Quigg’s continuing law practice expansion in Houston, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, the establishment of an office in the city of West Palm Beach was an exciting opportunity for SKB’s design team. The 15th floor of the new City Place Tower offered a luxury shell with dramatic vistas of yachts plying the Innercoastal Waterway, downtown high-rises, palm trees and sunsets. The directive from the law firm’s Managing Partner was to make the design fit the prestige of this environment while relating to the law firm’s recognizable brand.

SKB was inspired by indigenous materials but used them in a contemporary way. With over 500 feet of window line to work with, careful site-line studies and a clean planning concept for leasing flexibility, the design team formed a concept that was accepted immediately. The concept was clearly and logically built upon the idea that strong Florida sunlight makes things appear in higher contrast. Thus the color pallet was based on black, white, browns, grays, and blue.

Bleached white stone flooring was starkly paired with black back-painted glass walls framed in massive polished stainless steel fins, gray driftwood veneer doors play against saturated blue fabric accents in the corridors, and a highly figured tropical ebony design element outlines your view of the sky and water. The furniture pieces are all classic modern with black leather/polished aluminum seating paired with white glass/polished aluminum conference tables. All offices were included in the build-out budget and feature black laminate millwork work walls and white glass desks. Secretary stations combine all of the palette elements including driftwood, white stone, stainless steel, black laminate work surfaces and cobalt blue accents. The reception desk is so simple as a reflective polished steel box that it virtually disappears from view.

The elevator lobby is carefully controlled with the same lighting and materials to guide your welcome to the open reception area with an adjacent transparent glass conference room that can be surrounded with soft white drapes for privacy. These two areas are designed for large gatherings and multi-media presentations with careful attention to acoustics and lighting control. To integrate the brand to the architecture (besides sharing the same colors) that the firm’s logo glows repeatedly through the black glass wall framed in polished metal in a subtle nod to the “smartphone” look of our contemporary business world.