Accounting for Style
Bright, elegant and straightforward design to stand the test of time
Design Firm: GTM Architects
Client: E. Cohen & Company, CPAs
Location: Rockville, Maryland
GTM Architects’ concept for E. Cohen & Company, CPAs—a thriving accounting firm based in Rockville, MD—was centered on creating a clean, sophisticated and timeless design.
E. Cohen's previous offices were located in the same building as their new space; however, they were separated throughout three different suites. The client considered relocating to a new building completely, but ultimately stayed in the same building, moving to the 4th floor and working with GTM to combine everything into one large suite.
Maximizing natural light and creating comfortable workspaces were very important to E. Cohen’s principal, as the firm deals with private information, so workspaces needed to be closed offices. GTM brought daylight into interior spaces by using floor-to-ceiling glass throughout.
Starting at the suite’s full glass entry doors, large-scale porcelain tile pulls you into the firm’s main lobby, which opens up to three large, glass-front conference rooms. That same large format tile also continues up onto the reception desk, giving the illusion of continuation without interruption.
The new design also incorporated refined finishes with high-end details, such as discreet LED lighting to call attention to the client’s custom glass artwork—grand images of well-known Washington, DC landscapes. The reception area was custom designed to fit one of these large custom pieces—an image of Washington, DC's famous cherry blossoms near the Tidal Basin. These glass photos are also in each of the front conference rooms.
GTM was also very conscious of utilizing E. Cohen's branding throughout the entire space. By incorporating the company logo in glass film in the reception area and adding the company’s logo color palette into the break room via blue porcelain ceramic tile and angled green paint, the overall design complimented the company’s branding throughout the entire suite.
In addition, the breakroom was designed to provide a refreshingly bold and casual contrast to the otherwise sophisticated workplace. The open yet private galley with plenty of seating and touchdown spaces creates flexible and engaging workspaces for all to collaborate.
The result is a workplace design offering uniformity in office sizes, so the client can easily move employees from place to place without worrying about the hierarchy of office design.
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