The design of the studio office of Messana O'Rorke was seen as an important forum for representing the image of the firm and our design ideals. The design concept responds to the site conditions and the practical and aesthetic needs of the company. We needed a space that was simple, serene and a pleasure to work in. The loft space is long and narrow with large windows along its Eastern wall. The design concept was to maximize the feeling of space and light, but also cause the space to be a developmental experience. This was achieved by dividing the space into sections and treating the intersections of the spaces with different methods of enclosure, providing changing degrees of privacy and contact.On entering the space you arrive in a gallery Lobby where architectural models and project imagery are displayed. This space is divided from the main studio by a floor to ceiling screen of plexiglass on a wood frame. An open slot at seated eye level allows people working in the space to see in to the lobby from their work stations and also allows the visitor a glimpse of the studio. Passing by the screen you enter the main studio and become immediately aware of the linear nature of the space, a narrow continuous stainless steel light baffle caries your eye down the center of the space, dissecting another screen of plexiglas and a solid wall beyond. A continuous work bench runs the length of the studio, under the windows, the bench itself is dissected two thirds of the way through the space by the second screen of plexiglass, but can be seen continuing on the other side. Punctuated by work stations the work bench further emphasizes the linear nature of the space. In the center of the studio is a large layout desk built over project flat files and storage. On the right hand side of the studio a row of floor to ceiling doors conceal the office resource and materials library. The doors stop short of the large plexiglass screen at an alcove, where stainless steel shelves on glides hold the printers and fax machines.Moving around the central layout desk your eye is drawn to the back of the loft where the axis of the light baffle is terminated by a glass fronted stainless steel book cupboard on the back wall of the inner space. Passing through the second plexiglass screen in the main studio you enter the partners office. Then following the stainless steel light baffle through the eighteen inch thick wall at the back of the main studio you arrive in the Library/Conference room. The block of wall contains storage for books magazines and archival materials, with floor to ceiling doors facing into the Library/Conference room, like the cupboards in the main studio. This inner space is divided by the axial baffle on one side is a conference table with chairs and on the other are reading lounge chairs. Light from a South facing window promises more space beyond this one, but is in fact a small back office for special projects. The emphasize of the design is linear and all aspects of the design correspond to this focus. Minimal uncluttered space was a premium concern and was achieved by including copious amounts of unseen storage. Resources are readily accessible but each day can start with a clean simple space.