CompTIA, Washington, D.C.

The 2012 Inform Awards jury recognized this project by KUBE architecture PC for its interior design excellence.

As a leading voice for the world’s information technology industry, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) wanted its Washington, D.C., offices to reflect to its member companies and staff that it is at the forefront of innovation through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy.

The Capitol Hill rowhouse that CompTIA called home was a dark and uninviting space, with insufficient lighting and mechanical systems. The interior design goal KUBE set its sites on was to create a sustainable interior of light and order that would represent this forward-thinking and technologically savvy association.

The space is divided by a central stair, with offices defined as additive volumes (glass boxes) in the front, and carved-out spaces in the rear. All have full-height glass walls to the main corridor, providing a sense of light and air to otherwise small spaces. The conference room, which had been in the basement, is now a glass-enclosed volume on the main floor adjacent to the entry space. A folding wall along one side allows flexibility of use for larger events. Cove lighting wraps from wall to ceiling, creating a glowing rhythm of folding planes.

The main staircase, although in the same location as before, is completely transformed into a sculptural volume that mediates between the front and rear portions of the building. An existing skylight is framed within a new layered ceiling.

Sustainable materials and systems were used throughout, including bamboo floors, recycled rubber, fluorescent lighting, tankless hot water heater, and no-VOC paint.

Photographs by Greg Powers Photography

The 2012 Inform Awards jury one honor award in Landscape Architecture, one honor award and two merit awards in Object Design, and two honor awards and one merit award in Interiors. You can read about those projects here. The jury also identified 28 projects as worthy of recognition for design excellence. will publish those projects throughout the year, and they can be seen in aggregate here.

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