Kettler, a real estate development and property management company, commissioned FOX Architects to design its new, combined headquarters in McLean, Virginia. This space brought several challenges: it had a smaller floorplate, the budget for high-end, luxury finishes was limited, and the space needed to encourage cross-collaboration.
FOX Architects created an open environment, supplemented by intimate work zones and energizing amenity spaces. The team also reduced panel heights at workstations, used clear glazing and allowed the public spaces to function as secondary work zones, helping to reinforce connectivity and unity within the organization. To help keep costs down, the FOX Architects team designed a stylized rendering of the greater Washington area in Photoshop. This large art piece resides above the banquette seating in the employee lounge. Dramatic lighting fixtures in the reception area were also designed by the team to keep the large installation affordable.
With a limited budget, the FOX Architects team was able to successfully design a space that promotes collaboration among employees, and looks professional, modern and luxurious.