Greenberg Traurig's new office on the top five floors of Buckhead's Terminus Two building is both spectacular and inviting. Glass-walled views are set off by white marble floors and walls paved in quartz bricks, punctuated by vivid contemporary art.
"We wanted something that was open, airy and transparent," said Greenberg shareholder Terry Weiss, who oversaw the design and build-out with another shareholder, Bobby Rosenbloum, aided by the design firm Nelson.
"People spend so much time herewe wanted the working environment to be an upbeat, happy place," Weiss said.
A bright, yellow-and-blue Roy Lichtenstein screenprint of a living room greets visitors in the reception area, floating above a white, padded leather bench.
White fiberglass waffle walls defuse noise and add visual texture on the reception floor, perched atop the 25-story building. Sheer white curtains, subtly patterned carpet and upholstery also soak up sound. "It shouldn't feel like a mausoleum," said Weiss.
Greenberg created a lot of what Weiss calls "melting pot spaces," where people can congregate, ranging from an outdoor terrace to a canteen on the 24th floor. Each practice floor has nooks with comfortable sofas, chairs and flat-screen TVs, as well as two team rooms where lawyers can prepare cases. "We want people to enjoy the space. We want them to use it," he said.
A large multipurpose room on the reception floor is used for everything from arbitrations to a staff baby shower, said Weiss. Two dividers can convert the room into three smaller spaces, each with a long conference table. Retractable video screens in each section slide down over limited-edition multiples by Louise Nevelson from her Reflections series.
"We wanted flexibility. We can try a case in here or have 65 people from the chamber of commerce," he said.
Eight meeting rooms of varying size and feel populate the reception floor. Some have a conference table and video screens for more formal meetings while others are smaller, cozy sitting rooms with sweeping views of Buckhead.