Black and White
A bespoke bureau unit offering accessible file storage was developed especially by Bisley for leading Irish firm of solicitors Byrne Wallace. The practice – the fourth largest in Ireland – has recently moved to new 9,300 sq m offices within the iconic Grand Canal Square commercial/cultural development in Dublin, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. A key challenge of the project was designing storage for solicitors’ manilla filing envelopes. Bisley prototyped a number of solutions before delivering 320 bureau units, which are fixed on top of 1200mm-wide two-drawer LateralFile units. The combined unit provides ample storage that is easily accessed by solicitors working at adjacent desks. The bureau units have an inclined base, providing “raked” storage to allow maximum visibility of files, which are stored spine-upwards. The interior of the unit is subdivided into nine compartments, with three magazine racks allowing the solicitors to keep files on view while working, a pair of gas struts ensure that the lid opens easily and will not trap fingers as well as a 90mm thick roll-out shelf, providing valuable additional workspace. A recessed grab handle is incorporated into the shelf design. A black and white colour scheme feature throughout the space and the high gloss finish is designed to remain unmarked by fingerprints. Workplace designer Michael Collins Associates also specified the desk pedestal units (which feature black angular Note drawer fronts custom-fitted to a white carcass) and the 350 LateralFile™ storage units, each four drawers high. The low height of these units ensures that sightlines are maintained across the open plan office.