Founded in 1945, Bracewell is an international law firm known for its unique depth in the energy, infrastructure, finance, and technology sectors. Upon reevaluation of its New York presence, Bracewell decided to relocate and create a workplace that better suited its operations. The firm decided to partner with TPG Architecture for full design and architectural services.
At the onset, TPG analyzed four different properties to determine which location best fit Bracewell’s program requirements. Ultimately, the firm selected two contiguous floors at 31 W 52nd Street. The design concept is clean and timeless, with moments of subtle contrast. The workplace captures Bracewell’s culture, and emphasizes collaboration, wellbeing, and technology. The main reception is on the 19th floor, and the conference center is right off the elevator corridor. One of the meeting rooms features a modular wall system and a folding glass wall, which allows the area to branch out into the adjacent pantry.
Private offices define the perimeter, with admin stations in each of the plan’s four corners. Within the offices, the team included height-adjustable furniture, custom bookcases, and movable tables. For future flexibility, there are smaller internal conference rooms that can be converted into private offices. A feature stone staircase unites the two floors, with the main café at the base. This gathering space features soft and varied seating, and can be used as a collaboration zone.