Confidential Nonprofit Client Offices – Arlington

The design of this nonprofit's Arlington office uses earth tones and neutrals inspired by the countries they partner with, as well as elements drawn from the organization's roots in Arkansas.

  • Client Unnamed Company,
  • size 30,000 sqft
  • Year 2020
  • Location Arlington, Virginia, United States,
  • Industry Non-Profit / Government,
  • sshape reflected the global footprint of a nonprofit company when creating a sense of space for their offices located in Arlington, Virginia.

    This nonprofit addresses social, agricultural, and environmental challenges worldwide. When their DC Metro office moved to a new shell space in Arlington, Virginia, they wanted the build-out to reflect not just their Arkansas roots, but also the global footprint of their work.

    sshape designers used a palette of earth tones and neutrals to represent landscapes of countries where the Client is engaged as well as the Little Rock landscape, accenting the neutrals with the nonprofit’s bold corporate colors in design elements including backsplash tiles and felt wallcoverings. To address shortcomings of this nonprofit’s previous offices, sshape located private office spaces in the interior to allow more light to permeate the workspace. sshape also introduced more conferencing, café, and common work sites throughout the 30,000 square foot suite.

    Custom touches in the finished design include a concrete and wood reception desk and a well-branded conference space featuring custom millwork, coffee bar, and seating area. In a final nod to the nonprofit’s reach and mission, sshape created a “common thread” design element that runs throughout the space on the ceiling bulkhead, unifying the workplace just as the Client unifies issues, people, and locations around the world.

    Design: sshape
    Design Team: Stephanie Berry, Roger Sola-Sole, Heather Zup, Mariale Gonzales-Prada
    Contractor: May Construction
    Furniture Dealer: American Office
    Photography: Ansel Olson