Law offices with a difference
This project is an example of a Garden for Offices at its best. The building is a stunning celebration of 30΄s Art Deco in Quai d’Orsay in Paris,
which today serves as headquarters of one of the leading French law firms.
Due to the structure of the building with terraces, patios, and a Cour d’Honneur courtyard, we had to work on different levels
to accommodate the very different needs of each space. We wanted to create gardens in the heart of the building, which led to the design of inner patios, as an extension of the office spaces, providing an unobstructed view of the outdoor scene to the 300 people working here.
This project presented a challenging brief:
Our client wanted an evergreen spectacle throughout the year without interfering with the spirit of the building.
They also needed a bigger space for outdoor meetings.
The patios already had six fifteen-year old Magnolias, which we chose to retain, adopting a new planting scheme to complement the trees.
Due to the different lighting conditions for each Patio, we had to carefully select plant species that were tolerant of the microclimates of each terrace.
The ground floor terrace was much more shaded and therefore adorned with lush ferns, Osmanthus and Mahonias.
The upper terrace captured a lot of direct sunlight which gave us the opportunity to plant more bulbs and perennial plants.
Style and heritage
The materials we used respected the style and heritage of the building, while the prevailing green palette mirrored the company’s colours. We extended the hard-landscape and created a wooden floor of European Ash. The planted borders were dotted with evergreen shrubs and lots of ferns, with bulbs providing a splash of white through Spring. The irrigation system was reinstalled and large quantities of high-quality topsoil were brought in to aid the planting.
This is one of our high-maintenance gardens on different levels. Every season we enrich the palette by planting new species,
while every two weeks we attend site to maintain the fallen leaves, check the watering system, fertilize organically,
and manually trim and cut what needs to be tended.