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Legal Brief: New Law Office Design for Dechert

Dechert Law Office
Washington, DC, USA

Carefully crafted with exquisite details and refined materials, Dechert’s fresh yet timeless workplace was completed from design through move-in in just 10 months.

HOK designed the space to adapt to the firm’s evolving needs without compromising grace, comfort or the permanence that signifies Dechert’s prominence in the legal marketplace. Punctuated by the law firm’s vibrant art collection, the interior architecture is restrained and the detailing is precisely executed.

The spaciousness and sense of openness belie the population density afforded by the space plan; the office is among the more efficient law firm spaces in Washington, DC. The refined, natural materials and strategic combination of architectural features – including glass partitions at all offices, soft indirect lighting and wide corridors – create airy volumes that blur the distinction between interior and perimeter space. Interior offices have been upgraded with the same glass partition system used on perimeter offices. A painted accent wall illuminated by a light cove simulates daylight. By deliberately planning the area closer to the building core, the team maximized the use of the lease area without compromising the work environment for attorneys or staff.

Collaborating with Dechert to develop new work strategies resulted in a flexible environment that enables attorneys to practice law more efficiently and productively. Partner offices are designed and furnished to support both collaborative and quiet concentration work, and all attorney offices are sized to shed wasted space and standardized on a module to facilitate operations. Instead of being in enclosed suites, administrative workstations are in an open plan contiguous with legal workspaces. This allows for flexible space assignments as the needs of support departments change over time.



60,000 sq. ft. / 5,575 sq. m.


Facility Programming
Interior Design