The end of a lease prompted this entrepreneur to envision an innovative new headquarters for her Northern Virginia company. She knew she wanted an open, non-traditional environment with an industrial feel which would be a great place for employees to work. In collaboration with Architect Michael Foster of MTFA in Arlington and Interior Designer Mary Anne Antonides of Posh! in Vienna, she made her vision come to life.
The open, spacious environment is achieved through the use of polished concrete floors, soaring ceilings with exposed mechanical systems painted white to de-emphasize their presence and industrial looking paned glass partitions. The generous use of glass throughout provides an abundance of light and allows office occupants a serene view of the adjacent outdoor pond. Inside, employees work in clusters of cubicles which have furnished areas for informal gatherings and include cozy electric fireplaces. The few private offices use the same glass partitions as walls to provide a continuous feeling of openness. While some of the lighting reflects the industrial look of the space, other crystal fixtures provide a pleasing and interesting juxtaposition of styles.
The main kitchen was designed to encourage employee interaction over lunch, relaxation and celebrations. The space houses a kegerator for built-in beer dispensing, wine storage, zoned sound system and TVs for presentations and entertainment. The kitchen appliances were selected to support gatherings of various sizes and include a double oven, two dishwashers, three microwave drawers, two refrigerators and a commercial freezer. Waterfall edge counters in white zeus quartz Silestone, Koch cabinets and stainless steel backslashes complete this inspiring work space.