8. Proskauer Rose: The offices of Proskauer are also among my personal favorites. I’ve visited them in person, so I can say based on firsthand knowledge: they’re real, and they’re spectacular. Intern Mary Kate is a fan as well: “Clean, modern, nice architectural details.”
The firm’s nomination blurb says it all:
On January 18, 2011, Proskauer relocated its New York office to Eleven Times Square as the anchor tenant of the new LEED® Gold certified office building whose construction marked the completion of the 30-year redevelopment of Times Square. The striking yet understated and sustainable design features are evident throughout, with maximized light and spectacular views of the Hudson River, Central Park, the Empire State Building, New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
Proskauer’s state-of-the-art, high-end design treats public areas as gallery space to highlight the firm’s collection of art. The office, which is also LEED® Gold certified, seamlessly integrates innovative technology and design including wireless service, cellular enhancement, high-definition video-conferencing in all meeting rooms and a nine-person telepresence room. Other distinguishing features are the office’s cutting-edge green design with low-energy lighting, advanced air filtration and ventilation systems and energy-saving features such as a high-performance glass curtain wall exterior that reduces heat and enhances natural light. Sophisticated office amenities include a café, dining room and coffee bar for events, recruiting and entertainment. Throughout the design and construction process, Proskauer pushed the envelope on typical law firm design and the results are magnificent.
When I stepped off the elevator into the main reception area, I felt like I was checking into a Four Seasons hotel:
The amount of open space in this building, a major Manhattan office tower, is simply luxurious. Check out this exterior hallway in the firm’s conference center, which has better views than most New York law firm offices — even though it’s just a hallway. I like the cool sculpture; a Proskauer partner, perhaps?
Speaking of the conference center, this photo shows what a conference room looks like at different times of day. Click to enlarge — and note the Cravath building, Worldwide Plaza, looming ominously in the background.
This was Mary Kate’s favorite part of the Proskauer premises: “I LOVE the dining room. It’s got great light fixtures and ambiance and looks like a fairly upscale restaurant.”
Finally, here’s an elegant, light-filled partner office. Note the baseball diamond photo on the wall. Perhaps this partner belongs to Proskauer’s renowned sports law practice?
You’ve seen the field. Now it’s time to vote….