KAUST Investment Management Company, an entity responsible for the investment strategy of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, hired STUDIOS Architecture to create an innovative workspace while guiding them in developing their brand. Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC in Arlington, VA the office provides for gracious views of the National Mall. The nuances of the building and an offset core created a deep reception zone with minimal daylight.
STUDIOS turned this into a design opportunity by choreographing a sequence of architectural experiences with the major program components. One first enters through a dynamic lobby portal, created by a decorative metal screen with a luminous volume beyond. The first experience in the reception area is a diaphanous gold glass conference room that glows from within. Opposite is an organic white wall encapsulating the boardroom and a large marble monolith behind the reception desk. A sculptural sofa anchors the space and can be viewed from all sides. Natural light progressively increases as you enter into the open office plan designed to provide for maximum daylight and views of the Washington landscape.