Office Envy: Taft
Gutting the space for a total renovation “felt like a move,” Weinberg says, even though Taft retained floors 22–25 of the IDS Center. Photos by Brandon Stengel, Farm Kid Studios

Office Envy: Taft

A redesign of the law firm's downtown Minneapolis office led to a downsize—and it wasn't prompted by the pandemic.

Company Taft | Minneapolis location 2200 IDS Center, 80 S. Eighth St. | Size 93,463 square feet | Designer NELSON

Taft, which was Briggs and Morgan pre-merger, reduced its IDS Center office size by 20 percent as part of a recent remodel, but it’s not driven by the pandemic—in fact, the law firm has actually added 23 employees so far this year and expects most of its roughly 250 employees to be back in the office this summer. “We gave up the floor space because we recognized the way firms were moving in terms of how they used their office space,” says Justin Weinberg, Taft’s Minneapolis partner-in-charge. “It was simply an inefficient use of square footage for the modern law firm.” Now occupying four floors instead of five, the redesigned office features conference rooms on every floor. Lawyers still have private offices, but those spaces are smaller and standard in size. The operations team moved to shared work stations on their own floor instead of standalone offices across four floors. An internal staircase flows into a café-style breakroom adjacent to the Minnesota Room, an auditorium-style space that can be divided (and soundproofed) by a folding electronic door. “The value we put into this space, with respect to teamwork, collaboration, and, frankly, respect and inclusiveness, really shines through in terms of the details that we put in every single floor,” Weinberg says. Taft worked with NELSON on the design and Fluid Interiors on furnishings. “It’s not just necessarily one feature, it’s the design we created and the value that we spent our resources on to make sure those things were driven and seen in the new space.”

office breakroom
“We gave NELSON what seems like the impossible task: We’re giving up 23,000 square feet of floor space, but we want more room.” —Justin Weinberg, Taft’s Minneapolis partner-in-charge
office breakroom
The community breakroom encourages socializing, a big part of Taft’s company culture.
Conference room
The office offers impressive views of downtown Minneapolis and an abundance of natural light.
large conference room
The Minnesota Room can hold about 200 people and features a folding electronic divider for smaller gatherings.

Read more from this issue

Related Stories