Sidney Austin


Project Location

Dallas, TX



Down by Law

Sidley Austin, Dallas

The Workplace Challenge

When international law firm Sidley Austin moved into the top floors of the innovative Cesar Pelli-designed McKinley and Olive office building in Dallas, they planned to build new flexible meeting spaces to maximize collaboration, daylighting and privacy. Gensler, the architect for the project, devised a large, open meeting suite that easily divides into two or three conference rooms. Glass walls would open and add daylight and views -- except along a shared corridor, where privacy is needed.

Flexible Design Solutions

NanaWall’s design team worked with Gensler to conceptualize the complex floor plan with multiple operable walls. A remote stacking NanaWall HSW60 system was detailed to harmonize with two vertically retracting interior space dividers. Unique to HSW60, three swing doors built into the chain of operable panels meet all ADA and local code requirements, and the doors can be located as needed to meet architectural egress and circulation layout needs. NanaWall engineers produced an animation showing the HSW60 negotiating 90-degree turns, with two vertically oriented metal reinforcements, similar to kickplates, added to receive and seal with the vertically retracting partitions inside. Glass panels on one side of the meeting suite yield to operable wood veneer panels adjacent to a busy corridor, matching the law firm’s interior décor. When needed, all partition systems – supported on recessed tracks – stack remotely in dedicated alcoves in the ceiling and walls, leaving a clean, modern interior.

Customized Results

By partnering with NanaWall early in the design phase, the architects produced a customized, integrated solution for the law firm’s requirements. NanaWall provided early conceptual drawings to expedite progress, recommending elegant solutions and all details. Maximized glass area on the aluminum-framed operable walls admit plentiful natural light from the building’s curtain wall façades. Glass and wood-veneer panels enhance Gensler’s modern, sophisticated interior design, while also visually and aurally isolating meeting zones from heavily trafficked corridors. NanaWall HSW60’s highly customized solutions maneuver easily around two right-angle corners, yielding a flexible, vibrant and successful conference center -- a concept now adopted by Sidley Austin’s sister offices in other cities.