Interiors
Client: Sound ExchangeArchitect: FOX Architects

Washington, DC | 29,422 sf

SoundExchange is a not-for-profit performance rights organization that collects royalties on the behalf of the sound recording copyright owners.  rand* built the new headquarters for SoundExchange when they separated from their former parent organization and relocated in order to create their own identity.


The 9th and 10th floor build-out consists of a lobby, reception area, conference rooms, office space, and a copy room. The space is designed to emulate the excitement and growth within the music industry. An open layout begins at the elevator lobby, where sliding glass doors remain open throughout the day. An interconnecting stair was built with custom millwork panels and back-painted walls, where mounted televisions play streaming music videos. Perimeter offices are lit by natural daylight that breaks into the entire office space and offer striking views of Washington, DC. The pantry area is adorned with extensive custom millwork, with panels that can slide on casters to transform the shape and size of the room for various occasions.


The challenge, and highlight, of this project is a thin drywall ceiling that is designed as a rolling wave to emulate a sound wave. The ceiling is a constant theme throughout SoundExchange, connecting each of the elements through a physical metaphor for music.

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