MIG Offices

2,200 SF
Wash­ington, DC

2008 AIA New York Chapter
Design Award Winner

The Mar­itime Intel­li­gence Group is an intel­li­gence con­sulting group focused on water-based activ­i­ties. From the outset, the client requested a design solu­tion that would rep­re­sent the under­stated and covert nature of their busi­ness and clientele.

As a response to the client’s brief, we chose to empha­size the raw, unadorned aspects of the existing space eschewing any ref­er­ence to the out­side world. Within a simple layout, sub­dued and mono­chro­matic mate­rials and colors were employed as a back­drop to the com­pany activ­i­ties. Sim­i­larly, detailing was kept to clean and min­imal exe­cu­tions. More

We designed custom lighting con­cepts in lieu of typ­ical office fix­tures in order to strip the fix­tures to essen­tial func­tions. Above the main work­sta­tions a series of bare, T8 flu­o­res­cent strips mounted above a sheet of reflec­tive acrylic reflect light down­ward. Mod­i­fied, under­cab­inet lights with per­fo­rated shrouds are mounted to the felt-clad divider walls. Above sheets of poly­car­bonate panels in the offices, lights pro­vide an ambient glow for office tasks.

Work­sta­tions and office fur­ni­ture pro­vided by Bulo were orga­nized in repet­i­tive and orthog­onal fashion. The random window loca­tions along the perimeter wall due to a Post-Modern facade design are cov­ered by a con­tin­uous white para­chute fabric fur­ther obscuring any con­nec­tion to the out­side world.