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Multi-Office
Project : Office Expansion Location : Washington DC Architect : DMG Interiors
DMG Interiors has provided guidance in the branding , space planning , design development , construction documentation , project management , and procurement services for ARA ’ s three-year expansion plan throughout the Washington metropolitan area . Seeking to rethink ARA ’ s established branding and provide a cohesive aesthetic that incorporated greener , more resilient materials , DMG implemented a number of bold , innovative design decisions .
Brighter and more dynamic colors were opted for in order to shift away from the dark and dull color story that previous offices embodied . Sound attenuation light fixtures were installed in public spaces like the waiting room , infusion room , and reception area to manage sound levels and create a more welcoming , gentle space . Finally , all finishes were inspired through textiles and nature to increase the sensation of well being and relaxation .
Also , to make the space safer during the pandemic , DMG designed a circular configuration to the check-in and check-out process that minimizes social interaction . Additionally , physical therapy bays were designed to meet current social distancing guidelines .
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