Arcturis partnered with Argos Family Office, a multi-family office serving a few select client families, to reinvent the traditional office, with a contemporary spin on ornamental detailing, decorative wood moldings, and traditional furnishings and finishes. Considerate of the minimalist architectural styling of the building in which the new offices were constructed, the design solution harmonizes with the existing condition while honoring the client’s desire to maintain a traditional design aesthetic. A reception lobby is centered in the floorplate and entered from the middle of the third floor, forming the heart of the office. Clients arriving via elevator are welcomed into a tranquil, light-filled space that is punctuated by a view of the tree canopy.
With the client’s strong emphasis on client service and privacy, the central reception area allows Argos to quickly greet clients and easily transition to the meeting rooms and private offices flanking the space. An ornately designed reception desk is carefully positioned to provide visual connectivity to the entry, boardroom and the office’s communicating stair, connecting staff to lower level offices.
The retrofit of this existing switchback stair, built of painted steel stringers, concrete-filled metal pan treads, and iron balusters proved to be one of the project’s greatest challenges and achievements.
Painted wood paneling was added to enclose the underside of the stair, concealing the structure and providing new storage. Wood treads and risers were added to match the adjacent hardwood flooring and the existing guardrail was replaced with a new glass system with a satin brass shoe, cap and handrail. This re-envisioned stair marries traditional aesthetics and detailing with existing conditions to create an inviting and elegant transition between floors.
The Argos design pairs hard ceilings with large-format acoustic ceiling tile throughout, reinforcing the office’s aesthetic while providing necessary functionality. Decorative brass light fixtures are placed in areas of emphasis and supplemented by functional downlighting. Full-height semi-transparent glazed partitions marry traditional and contemporary aesthetics while opening up meeting spaces to natural light and views.
A palette of warm grey and white was employed throughout in combination with satin brass accents to complement the warm wood tones of the floors installed throughout the office. The client’s original artwork was reframed and hung throughout to provide color and visual interest. Together, these elements reinforce the company’s tradition while producing a refreshed elegance for the brand and space.