AIA NOVA Recognizes OTJ Architects for the Design of Sands Capital Management

Sands Capital Management

The team has delivered a superb workplace that carries high aesthetic value and, most importantly, serves our client’s business objectives: retaining and attracting talent.

AIA NOVA recently awarded a Juror’s Special Citation in the Commercial Interiors division of their yearly competition to OTJ Architects for the design of Sands Capital Management’s office.

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 located in Arlington, VA 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.

Ania Leeson, OTJ’s Partner for the Sands Capital project, remarked: “The financial world is one that does not stop at 5 p.m. so creating a connected environment within the office and beyond was critical.” In response, 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. Camie Bingham, OTJ’s Design Director and interior design lead on this project, noted that “each floor needed to have a unique amenity to attract people from the other floors.” In addition a glass-enclosed trading room is centrally positioned to invite staff members to gather and…

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