“We had outgrown our space – it was time for
Taking a cue from its dynamic hometown, 20| 20
decided to relocate downtown to the 38,000-
square-foot Frost Building, pairing a stately, historic
structure with lively, contemporary interior design.
The firm now occupies the top four of the build-
ing’s five floors and subleases the ground floor.
The Frost Building’s long, narrow shape is
atypical compared to most office buildings, but
for 20| 20, the layout is an asset. The columns that
march down the floor plate are highlighted with a
different bright accent color on each floor to aid
in wayfinding. They create a wide central corridor
that pushes employee offices, collaborative spaces
and other important areas onto the outside of the
building so they benefit from natural light. Interior
areas without daylight are reserved for places like
breakrooms and storage closets.
“The other office was just a place where we
worked,” says Harlan. “The space we have now
reflects who we are as a company.” B
THE PREVIOUS OFFICE had no access to daylight, so Gresham, Smith & Partners reorganized open workspace and offices along the exterior windows on the front and
sides of the new building. All employees now have access to daylight at their desks.
Focus groups meet in easily observable meeting rooms.
The adjoining viewing rooms provide a comfortable space
for clients to collect data during long research sessions.