Acquilano has completed the design for the law offices of Husch Blackwell located in Denver, Colorado. When relocating from non-contiguous floors across town in Denver, Husch Blackwell made plans to embrace different perspectives. “Our goal going forward was to create an efficient and energetic space that did not look like a law firm.”, said Kevin Kelly, managing partner of Husch Blackwell. He also spoke of creating a space reflective of their great culture, something “unexpected”.
Acknowledging the war for top-talent and what competitors were spending on similar spaces, Husch Blackwell had to distinguish themselves. They aren’t headquartered in Colorado, so they also wanted to be very intentional about connecting themselves to the city.
They took floors above the hip new Indigo Hotel at 1801 Wewatta in the heart of Denver’s transportation district. An expansive reception was planned by Acquilano to capitalize on both mountain and city perspectives. Office sizes were standardized and inset allowing for circulation at the window. Stackable glass partitions make flexible use of the many group spaces, each named for a notable Denver neighborhood. Authentic urban details like blackened-steel mullions and wood slat ceilings dress down the space, while traditional materials like slabs of marble provide a bit of sophisticated balance. Texture, high-contrast materials, and sophisticated details in the millwork were the basis for the design of this space to embody the client’s desire to be urban, but with a Colorado feel. Curated furniture and artwork completed the space, bringing the color palette and aesthetic full circle.