Arent Fox, a dynamic and diversified firm, has over 300 attorneys in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles. STUDIOS Architecture was retained for a strategic programming and site search investigation of Arent Fox’s D.C. headquarters office, which had occupied the same space for over twenty years at Connecticut Avenue and L Street, N.W. Following this investigation and real estate discussion, Arent Fox chose to move to a new development at 1000 Connecticut Avenue. STUDIOS participated in the negotiations with the development team to incorporate design modifications to the base building necessary to establish a build to suit facility for Arent Fox’s long-term occupancy.
STUDIOS created a design that brings together the variety of the program elements and specific functional and cultural needs of Arent Fox into a cohesive office environment. Key elements include: formal reception space with physical and visual connection to building lobby; visitor focused conference center on a prominent corner of the floorplate; tiered seating auditorium within a generous spatial volume; multiple break-out areas for pre-function, casual and formal reception/social events; slab openings on typical office floors for visual connections among the multiple floors occupied.
The design breaks down the distinction between the offices on the primes sides of the building and those that are not by visually opening up the interior spaces and establishing a draw towards the non-prime side of the floor for collaboration and support functions. These open work areas are intended to be flexible areas capable of supporting the departments or law firm practice support functions, including litigation and case management.