It was not your typical Tuesday morning. The Rosslyn BID team convened at our office, located on the lower level of 1911 N. Fort Myer Drive, to see our familiar workspace in shambles. Ladders everywhere. Torn-up drywall strewn about the room. Dust and debris in every corner. Today was Demolition Day!
With great enthusiasm, we took turns brandishing a sledgehammer and symbolically breaking apart the remnants of our old space, which the Rosslyn BID has inhabited for about a decade. By the time we’d each had a turn swinging the hammer, the old wall was filled with holes and we’d each gotten our morning workout. How’s that for multitasking?
The demolition of our old space and re-creation of our new one is being guided by the architectural-interior design firm Wingate Hughes Architects. We’ve been meeting with their team since the summer for what Wingate Hughes co-Principal and -Owner Gavin Daniels calls the most important part of the redesign process: visioning.
“We practice what we call relationship-driven design,” says Daniels. “It means that we put a high priority on meeting a client’s needs. We want to really get to know them and spend time with them so we can come up with a design that fits them.”
The Rosslyn BID’s redesigned office, which will be ready by late 2015, reflects discussions Wingate Hughes had with staff on how we work and what we need from our space. It will provide places for people to concentrate and get work done as well as areas that create a feeling of community for staff. The BID’s former kitchen/pantry area was rarely used except as somewhere for a quick pit stop for coffee or a microwaved lunch. Now, it will be a more comfortable place where staff can prepare food and relax.
“The reception area will be right up front, and will tell the story of Rosslyn and the community and all the vibrancy that’s going on,” says Daniels. “The space will really showcase Rosslyn’s personality – that of the staff and of the neighborhood as a whole.”
As work progresses on the new space, we’ll provide updates on how it’s going and show you the new design when we move in. We’re hoping to host an open house so all our neighbors can see the result.
“This project has been our first opportunity to be part of this community,” Daniels adds. “It means a lot to Wingate Hughes because we know that it will have a big impact not just on the BID staff, but on the community as a whole. We’re proud to be able to do this work.”