Lawyers’ office by PSA



Austrian architects PSA have completed an interior project for a law firm in Vienna.


The project involved extending the firm's existing office and providing new circulation.


The main feature is a corridor lined by walls made of 543 individually CNC-milled parts. Photographs by Hertha Hurnaus.


Here's some more information from PSA:




The proposal responds to the client’s requirements to integrate the internal office circulation and to extend the office floor area into the neighboring unit. The extension consists of 58m² office spaces and 70 m² conference rooms.


Due to the existing spatial constraints on site – a maximum width of 2.80 m and a total length of 18 m (10 % of the total floor area) – the project could not only be seen as a pure circulation / lobby area due to its sheer size.


Situated in the operative core of the office the project mediates through the implementation of a series of micro-scalar soft-programs between the macro-scalar predefined “corridor”-space and the adjacent array of office-space utilities. The proposal utilizes the “wall” as a principle constituent of architectural negotiation across gradient scales and conditions.


Through a continuous differentiated manipulation of the two 15 m long 2.78 high and 60 cm deep wall-structures the project locally provides the adjacent spaces with highly articulated “program-extensions”: apron-areas for gatherings after meetings, a bar for breaks during the working hours, waiting areas across the reception mingle and enrich the visual experience of a transit area along its spatial, programmatic and metaphoric capacities.


Since the structure consists of more than 543 individually CNC-milled parts the main task became the automation of the assembly. The individual parts are assembled in doubly overlapping “sediments” which act self-positioning through a set of 2550 CNC-pre-drilled dowels. This not only provides a minimized assembly time and high precision but also produces no material cut-off waste in the milling phase allowing the use of high-value construction materials like Corian.


In order to emphasize the materiality of the wall-structures as a strategic design device the walls consist of complementary construction materials, surface effects and patterns. The emerging relief-patterns vary across the wall structures to resonate the affects of a “structural ornament” throughout the entire project. The material operations that acted on the walls result in the production of a specific interstitial space.


A seamless 31 m² luminous ceiling eliminates any material code of a light source and is programmable according to the different functional areas.


The floor is made of a seamless cement based material and extends beyond the field of the “corridor” to connect all adjacent spaces. All services and infrastructure are integrated into the continuous wall systems.


PSA (Pschill Seghatoleslami Architektur)

PSA was founded 2004 by Lilli Pschill (MSc) and Ali Seghatoleslami (MSc) in Vienna. PSA defines itself as an architectural studio where project-specific solutions with a strong emphasis on technological and design innovation are sought after. Lilli Pschill (born 73 in Wien) und Ali Seghatoleslami (born 75 in Teheran) graduated from the Technical University in Vienna and the Architectural Association in London.


Posted on Sunday May 3rd 2009 at 1:50 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Love the textures on the walls.

  • gaque

    absolutely wonderful! the space seems very regal with the fine materials and joinery, but also fun and contemporary. great drawings, fantastic photographs.

    more from PSA!

  • philippe

    nice corridor.

  • aaron

    At first, I just thought it was an over-glorified wall treatment, but this is really an excellent design! The way that appliances and doors are seamlessly integrated and create a usable space that is also daring and unique… impressive.

  • chwenju

    i go to the website of PSA directly when i saw this work.
    great idea, nice form finding.

  • Beautiful curves, smart design.

  • this is real nice but i think the tv could have been incorporated a bit more sympathetically.

  • Tyler

    I love the attention to detail with the cabinets, etc. This is exquisite for a basic interior wall treatment.

  • anel

    If I ever be here I’ll feel like in “Star Track” movie, but very brave and nice!

  • da

    love it. Don’t forget to credit light panel ceiling

  • Jim Ferguson

    Where did you get that hinge, mmm sexy. That’s it I am starting a blog called “HardwareLust”.

  • wir sind ueberwaeltigt! m&d

  • lamtran

    hic, t very like it !
    i want tutorrial
    can i help me

  • Nacho

    beautiful and ingenious solution for such a horrible space. the layer and the movement they use is definitely a brilliant concept

  • Alberto

    very elegant and “affascinante”, great details!
    great interior design and the drawings too.

  • Guest

    A beautiful design ruined by the worst of jargon-ist archispeak descriptions…!