Awards of Excellence 2019
Bailey & Glasser

Bailey Glasser
Award of Merit
Best Interiors - 10,001-25,000SF

Project Team

Bailey Glasser - (Owner)
CallisonRTKL Inc. - (Architect)
HSU Builders - (General Contractor)
Cresa - (Broker)
PrayWorks - (Project Management)

Executive Summary

Based in West Virginia, Bailey Glasser LLP, a law firm specializing in class action and financial litigation, commissioned the design practice to create a new satellite location in Washington, D.C. The designers were challenged to create a space that reflected the seriousness of their client’s work but offered a collegial, communal respite that allowed employees to re-charge and connect with their colleagues.

After a series of test-fit exercises, a Georgetown location was selected and a program of requirements developed. Core to the client’s demands was light-filled, transparent work spaces that still maintained a high level of privacy and separation. Individual offices were also essential, given the nature of the client’s work, but employees still wanted to feel part of the office’s buzz. How, then, to strike a balance between private, heads-down work zones and more public amenity spaces that advance the client’s collaborative culture?

The design team responded by creating two distinct neighborhoods—one public, one private—and used a main conference room, which can shape shift its personality, as a type of buffer zone between them. Glass-fronted private offices line the perimeter and a generous café/lounge sits along the back wall. The café’s floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with natural light. The café sits slightly elevated to not only make it distinct within the space but to smooth the transition to an outdoor terrace, the elevation of which misaligns with the office—another quirky design challenge that was creatively solved.

The café takes up the lion’s share of the space and creates a vibrant, energized hub for the client. It also responds to the client’s goal of creating a respite or oasis for its employees—a place where they can relax and recharge away from the intensity of their work. Its elevation makes it the focal point of the space, but the social energy it creates within the office is invaluable.

The main conference room, which is visible upon entry, can switch from a public to a private use thanks to some clever millwork, lighting and track drapery which can be opened or closed depending on need. When open, daylight from the lounge area fills the conference room and provides views to the outdoor terrace.

Throughout, the design is clean, contemporary and simple—a black, white and neutral palette maintains a level of sophistication without falling into the traps of trends or faddish design. Wireless technology, video-conferencing and flexible furniture allows employees to choose their work environment, collaborate...or find quiet separation. And the diversity of spaces offers flexibility and choice that accommodates both the public and private side of the client’s work.


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