Hogan Lovells Offices – Beijing

  • Client Hogan Lovells,
  • size 19,573 sqft
  • Year 2021
  • Location Beijing, China,
  • Industry Law Firm / Legal Services,
  • MCX Interior delivered a spirit of unity and inclusiveness when designing the law offices for Hogan Lovells‘ location in Beijing, China.

    Having ranked in recent years as one of the top four most innovative law firms in North America and Asia, Hogan Lovells strives to become a leader in diversity and inclusion and responsible business. Previously the Hogan Lovells Beijing office consisted of two separate spaces, for its corporate and intellectual property practice groups, located in different parts of the premier China Central Place building in the heart of Beijing’s central business district.

    When an opportunity arose to enhance their unity and inclusiveness by moving to a new, full floor space that became available in the same building, Hogan Lovells identified the potential of this opportunity and engaged MCX Interior to create a thriving and inclusive workplace environment that will foster and empower its employees to succeed.

    Sustainability played an important role in the design of Hogan Lovells’ new office to help their employees think, feel and work better in offices with more natural lighting, clean air, comfortable temperature, lovely views of the outside and inspiring design. Sustainable design features in this office that reduce energy and water consumption, introduce biophilic design and improve air quality have also earned Hogan Lovells a LEED Gold certification for their new workplace. These efforts have not only given Hogan Lovells the only commercial interior office in the entirety of the China Central Place complex with LEED Gold certification, but also made Hogan Lovells proudly the first law firm ever to receive LEED Gold certification for its office anywhere in Beijing, China.

    The design inspiration for the Hogan Lovells new office came from water and its edges, encapsulating the firm’s slogan for its commitment to inclusion: “One Hogan Lovells: many perspectives”. The water symbolizes Hogan Lovells moving as one fluid team in harmony. On the edge of the water, we find life in various forms that offer new perspectives, reminding us to respect diversity and treasure identity and unity simultaneously.

    The water concept appears throughout the design in the space planning and even ceiling light features that guide users throughout the office. The lighting can change colors for various activities, events and internationally recognized holidays, as well as periodic firm-initiated awareness days to signify diversity and inclusion.

    Employees can find a space to focus, collaborate or unwind at the water’s edge. Artistic carving in the wood panels throughout the office symbolizes the water’s edge. The design introduces lush shades of green and plants spread throughout the office to connect employees with nature. Ergonomic furniture and height-adjustable tables also provide a comfortable workplace to promote employee health and wellness.

    Natural light floods the office and brings a flow and vibrance of energy. Glass walls on most perimeter offices maximize the natural light and views into the inner spaces. The meeting rooms use a polarized electronic glass system in the operable wall that enables privacy inside the meeting rooms without impacting the office’s openness. The reception, meeting rooms and business lounge can be combined to host events and town halls.

    Hogan Lovells’ new office will serve as a truly diverse, inclusive and sustainable workplace to help attract talent, drive innovation and deliver the best experience for their employees and clients.

    Design: MCX Interior
    Photography: courtesy of MCX Interior