The Milan branch of the international law firm Allen & Overy occupies one of the blocks of an architectural complex designed by Pietro Portaluppi in the centre of Milan and entirely redeveloped by Park Associati. Following the client’s specifications, office areas have been kept separate from client reception areas.
Via Ansperto 5, Milano
Allen & Overy
Interior Design Project
Artistic Site Supervision
Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi
Alexia Caccavella, Giacomo Geroldi, Andrea Manfredini, Ciro Capasso, Federica Cocco (Wayfinding), Mario Frusca (Rendering), Stefano Venegoni (Rendering)
IN-VISIBLE lab, Varese
Cushman & Wakefield Design & Build, Milano
Tekser Srl, Milano
Milani SpA, Brugherio (MI)
CTA Impianti Srl, Ponte San Marco (BS)
3F Filippi Illuminazione, Pianoro (BO)
Via Bizzuno, Milano
VetroIN Srl, Castel Mella (BS)
Unifor, Merate (LC)
Vitra, Weil am Rhein, D
La Palma Srl, Cadoneghe (PD)
Rimadesio SpA, Desio (MB)
Infiniti, Castello di Godego (TV)
Tacchini Italia Furniture Srl, Seveso (MB)
Matteo Brioni Srl, Gonzaga (MN)
Kvadrat – Softcell A/S, Ebeltoft (Denmark)
Ege Carpets Denmark, Herning, (Denmark)
Robertodepiero Parkett, Villach (A)
Lithos Design Srl, San Pietro Mussolino (VI)
Kasthall Tappeti, Milano
Botanica Caremoli SaS, Milano
Park Associati’s project aims to reclaim the basement, formerly used as a warehouse. The courtyard created by uncovering the yard’s floor is now overlooked by entertainment spaces and meeting rooms. Furnished with simple and essential elements, the different-sized meeting rooms are characterised by a minimalist yet welcoming design, the dark wood floors and the walls decorated in different shades of grey livened up by the strong magenta dashes of the seats. The rooms’ full-height windows overlook the wood-clad courtyard, which houses a pomegranate tree in its centre – another splash of colour that emerges from the surrounding stone-clad environment.
Amenity areas, a cafeteria, and a changing room area have been created on the ground floor overlooking the patio. The two reception areas, one in the client area, the other in the offices’ main entrance, are characterised by a simple division of spaces and minimal furnishings that play on the interaction between the neutral colors of the walls and the spare furniture. As a tribute to Portaluppi, portions of the reception counters were covered in polychromatic marbles, the Milanese designer’s favourite materials.
The offices occupy the first, second and upper floors. The interpretation of these areas follows the specifications of the client, who wished to go against the mainstream standards of traditional legal firms featuring closed offices aimed at guaranteeing maximum professional privacy.
The office layout designed by Park Associati combines the modularity of a contemporary space with the demands for elegance, flexibility and privacy that are the requirements of this type of activity. The fully glazed office space looks onto the two sides of the corridor that runs through the entire floor. Creating a dynamic and welcoming environment, the light-coloured walls and desks are combined with a lighting project aimed at ensuring well-being at work. The refurbishment of all the systems and the distribution of internal space have resulted in spacious premises full of light, transparency and comfort. The partition walls guarantee the soundproofing and privacy of the rooms.