Awards of Excellence 2020
4747 Bethesda Avenue

4747 Bethesda Avenue
Award of Excellence
Best Maryland Urban Office: Over 150,000 SF

Project Team

JBG SMITH - (Owner + Developer)
Shalom Baranes Associates - (Architect)
MGMA - (Architect)
ZGF - (Interiors)
Leandlease Corporation - (Contractor)

Executive Summary

Coming from a traditionally designed space, the developer’s focus on this project was to create a modern environment for employees that allowed for more collaboration and alternative work places. Thoughtful details are noticed throughout, each showcasing the craftsmanship and overall design process that coincides with the company’s rebrand.

Workspaces are more open, and by taking down walls, the space instantly becomes transparent. This cultural shift is exactly what the company envisioned – more social interaction, collaboration, and freedom to work comfortably no matter where employees were in the office.

Fluidity is important within the space, and that is especially promoted through a series of interconnecting stairs – these stairways seamlessly connect each floor, forming meandering paths. The paths and their adjacent spaces provide opportunities for flexible teaming moments and bring about serendipitous encounters and conversations resulting in creative approaches and innovative solutions.

To foster even more creative collaboration, every floor includes a speakeasy or lounge that offers an intimacy for client strategy – instead of sitting around a conference table, discuss necessary topics around a fire with a record playing in the background. With Wi-Fi 6 connectivity throughout the office, employees are encouraged to work beyond their desk.

The new space was decorated and designed to be comfortable and warm, lively and aesthetically pleasing. Jewel tone finishes and an eclectic mix of furniture are featured and material is focused on in its authentic state.

The walls of the office were planned thoroughly, and they boast several features that bring an eclectic vibe to the headquarters. A full height living green wall envelopes the demising wall outside of one of the board rooms, bringing life to the workspace. The team found the right combination and distribution of different plant types to perfectly fit the space, which was difficult due to the exposed ceiling. Huddle rooms are adorned with wallpaper that references murals from various projects by the developer throughout the region, and employees can play with an interactive map wall of the DC area. Additionally, the reception area’s leather wall panels are stitched to create a unique “baseball seams” design.

A keen observer can also find homages to the company’s logo throughout the space – coasters on coffee tables, embossed on bolts throughout the industrial design, on the screen wall of a conference room and even in the form of a constellation on the ceiling.

The design of modern workspace is trending toward hospitality and residential environments, and offices are beginning to look like lounge spaces and coworking areas. The developer knew they wanted to emphasize a comfortable, relaxing environment to complement the “polished industrial” character of the building. Those two aesthetics combine to create an unparalleled working experience at 4747 Bethesda Ave.

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