Location: Riga, Latvia
Team: Zane Tetere- Sulce, Elina Tetere, Dins Vecans, Janis Vilcins; in cooperation with Bruno Birmanis
Photo: Ansis Starks
In this office the modern meets the classics visually, functionally and in the context of companys image.
The clients are collectors of art and antique furniture, though didnt want a completely classical, predictable law office.
The interior planning has been functionally divided into two types of zoning front office that includes client meeting zone, conference rooms and executive offices, and back office that hosts other divisions and groups of employees.
Unlikely for law offices the clients were ready for an openoffice planning. Though the number of employees for the existing space was rather high, making the classical office system impossible in terms of quadrature, daylight and air exchange.
Both parts of the office also differ visually, and their joining element is paintings that have been placed throughout the office. A red thread cuts through the interior, symbolising energy, dynamics and liveliness. Its evident in the red accents, protective decals of glass partition walls and openoffice zones lighting designs that have been ideated and manufactured in Latvia.
The manner of marrying the modern with the classics reveals at the entrance zone of the office. To optically broaden the space and highlight the thematic symbolism, a special photo shoot of Rundle Palace interiors have been carried out. The captured photographs have been edited into a single image, and by using a white colour print on black wall panels (differently from the usual black print on white), a visually classical entrance zone has been developed with a modern approach. Visitor reception desk has been made ultimately ascetic for the sake of contrast, visual neatness and clear perception of concept.
Interior of the front office features antique furniture from the collection of clients themselves that have been placed in conference rooms, combining them with ascetic, contemporary decoration in order to obtain lightness. The design of back office uncovers lightcoloured, contemporary furniture, some of it borrowed from the old office.