Group Goetz Architects had already committed to design excellence in its AIA-award-winning central Washington, D.C., office space. When the firm decided to relocate to the Georgetown neighborhood, it wanted its new space to reflect not only its aesthetic principles but also its ecological ones, pursuing a LEED Platinum interior on one floor of a seven-story, non-LEED-certified building.
Much of the systems furniture was repurposed from the firm's previous space. Cleaned up and reoriented, the workstations sit in an area with daylight pouring in through the windows; high-efficiency light fixtures on sensors reduce unnecessary electricity usage. Task Lighitng Artemide Talak fixture artemide.usLighting Osram Sylvania Low-mercury fluorescent bulbs sylvania.comFurniture System Teknion District desking system teknion.comUpholstery Fabric KnollTextiles Ricochet textile in Topaz knolltextiles.com
In contrast to the stark whiteness of the rest of the space, the waiting area is coated in black paint and film from 3M, with black leather furniture. This area is set off from the rest of the space by glass panels coated with GlassFilm Enterprises film, which is clear when viewed straight on but appears frosted when viewed from an angle. Ceiling 3M Blackout film in matte black 3m.comGlass film GlassFilm Enterprises Lumisty control film on 1/2" glass glassfilmenterprises.comYellow Glass McGrory Glass Color-matched yellow tinted glass mcgrory-glass.comChair Cassina Le Corbusier LC3 lounge chair cassinausa.com
The reception desk is one of the few pieces of completely new furniture in the space and was customized with FSC-certified walnut panels. Other new finishes, where possible, were chosen for high recycled content and local sourcing. Storage Inscape Solutions Storwal storage system inscapesolutions.comReception Desk Tuohy Custom desk in FSC-certified walnut tuohyfurniture.comStool Kristalia BCN stool kristalia.it
The main hallway isn't just for reception and circulation. A conference space, library shelving, and an employee lounge with a fireplace also are located there. Conference Table Kristalia Sushi table kristalia.itChair Fritz Hansen Arne Jacobsen Series 7 side chair fritzhansen.comLinear fluorescent light fixtures Zumtobel High-efficiency ceiling fixtures zumtobel.us
The design studio has an egalitarian setup: Even the firm executives sit at workstations in the open-plan space. Employees can expect to move around as project teams form clusters and groups are reorganized when new work comes into the office. Carpet Interface Global Customized First Ave. carpet tile interfaceglobal.comWindow Shades MechoShade Motorized concealed shades mechoshade.comMonitor Mount Humanscale M4 monitor mounts humanscale.comFurniture System Knoll Current System furniture knoll.com