Sands Capital Management Offices – Arlington

  • Client Sands Capital Management,
  • size 88,000 sqft
  • Year 2016
  • Location Arlington, Virginia, United States,
  • Industry Financial / Investments,
  • OTJ Architects have designed the offices of financial planner Sands Capital Management, located in Arlington, Virginia.

    Sands Capital Management is a staff-owned growth investor that parlays a research focused approach into high-performance portfolio solutions and fosters a workplace culture grounded in collaboration, integrity, and mentorship.

    The design of this trophy workplace aims to facilitate the retention of top talent in the hyper-competitive international finance industry. To that end, the project was driven by the dual imperatives of staff member wellness and connectivity.

    Our designers articulated the floorplate around a central, signature staircase that links four floors physically and symbolically. A fully stocked coffee bar and a penthouse café surround this staircase and function as magnet spaces to draw staff members into casual collision points rich in opportunities for cross-departmental exchange.

    Each floor features a unique amenity to attract staff from across the organization. In addition, a glass-enclosed trading room is centrally positioned to invite staff members to gather and connect with each other and their industry.

    Above all else, however, the space was intentionally designed to eschew sterile corporate standards. Instead, plush common areas nod to boutique hotels with a game room as well as a myriad of inviting lounges and collaboration spaces. A premiere rooftop conference space complete with bar, catering pantry, and indoor/outdoor fireplace, blurs the line between work and relaxation in a venue that capitalizes on panoramic views of the Washington monuments and can accommodate up to 220 guests.

    DesignOTJ Architects
    Photography: Eric Laignel