Since launching Hickok Cole RVA in 2016, designers had been operating from a Gather coworking space in Scott’s Addition. But after consistently growing in size year after year, the team was in need of a new space that could support their vision for the future. Arts District presented itself as the ideal location due to its proximity to galleries, Virginia Commonwealth University, and other design studios and small businesses. The team discovered the storefront while designing the adjacent Someday Shop, concluding that a ground-floor retail setting would allow them to better interact with the community and contribute to the overall neighborhood experience.
The result is a new 1,500-SF studio offering greater flexibility and improved collaboration space with room for a material library and to display drawings as well as a wellness room and dedicated meeting space to host clients. The ground-floor storefront features large windows that showcase the open studio environment inside, which includes shared tables and seating. The hospitality-inspired design features artful lighting, open shelving, and the strategic use of carpet tiles as area rugs to showcase the original wood flooring. A hospitality pantry featuring modern glazed brick tiles, concrete quartz countertops, and matte black plumbing fixtures serves as a sophisticated showroom for clients.