Great Places and Spaces: An office plan to ponder (PHOTOS)

Lawyers are not typically known for designing offices with stylized architectural flair, but the law firm of Shutts & Bowen is making bold moves to blow out the walls of its Tampa office, literally.

 As part of its recent office expansion, the firm’s Tampa office constructed a large open-air terrace that weaves into the majestic oak trees just outside its second-floor offices. The expansion—planned before the COVID-19 pandemic—has paid huge dividends, says Tampa managing partner R. Alan Higbee.

“While comfortable and inviting outdoor spaces are commonplace in residences, adding such outdoor spaces to commercial office buildings is rare, and this expansion is already proving to be a big hit with our attorneys and clients,” Higbee says. “Adding such a wonderful outdoor collaborative space is a huge asset as we work hard to continue our growth and attract and retain top legal talent.”

 With a biomorphic architectural vision in mind, the firm’s architects worked to integrate the large oak trees adjacent to the building into the overall design of the terrace and connecting indoor space. As a part of the design and construction of the outdoor terrace, professional arborists were hired to assure that the structure would not negatively affect the oaks, with the result being a beautiful terrace built in harmony under a massive tree canopy.

The outdoor terrace and remodeled interior space were designed with adaptability and collaboration in mind. The interior buildout includes a 6,325-square-foot open space with flexible amenities, promoting opportunities for a relaxed environment for any occasion, from small client meetings to large social gatherings.

Contributed by Rich Mullins

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