Sense of community

Designed by LSM to encourage teamwork, the new headquarters of the prestigious Milbank law firm in Manhattan gets away from the usual stereotypes, also thanks to custom furnishings by UniFor

Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM

Of the 51 stories in the ultramodern skyscraper 55 Hudson Yards in Manhattan, 10 are occupied by the new headquarters of Milbank, the prestigious international law firm. The spaces of 27,000 square meters offer over 700 professionals – partners, associates and staff – a series of decided unconventional offices, designed by the architects of LSM to foster wellbeing, collaboration and a sense of community, also with the city of New York itself.  The choice of the firm to move when the tower was still under construction permitted the architects to intervene with design characteristics of an even more unique character. Starting with the large central staircase that connects all ten levels.

Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
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The private offices, for a total of 391, have a fluid, elegant rhythm, alternating with communal spaces for teamwork – meeting rooms, lounges, refreshment areas. Customization becomes a fundamental factor, which UniFor has put into focus thanks to over 50 years of experience in the development of solutions for the workplace, also in the legal sector.

Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM

The private offices have been personalized to meet the needs of each individual lawyer, providing height-adjustable desks, wall cabinets, large counters and the highest levels of acoustic comfort.

Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM

To separate the spaces, divider partitions from the RP family (designed by Renzo Piano) have been utilized in the double and single-glazed versions, together with a steel covering for the walls and columns, produced by UniFor on the basis of a specific design by LSM.

Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
Milbank, New York - Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM
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The large meeting tables, the reception areas and all the cabinets have been reinterpreted with standard UniFor products, to respond to the specific requirements of the project, completed by a series of iconic pieces by Molteni&C, including the D.154.2 armchairs and the D.555.1 tables designed by Gio Ponti, the Chelsea sofas by Rodolfo Dordoni and the Attico and Domino tables by Nicola Gallizia. No detail has been overlooked, not even the large red neon ‘M’, a work of art by R & R Studios, which lights up every time Milbank wins a major lawsuit.

Photo © Eric Laignel, Courtesy of LSM