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Designed by Pellham Phillips Hagerman

Completed June 1, 1997, this office addition and renovation was designed to meet the goals of The Marlin Company. The company's goals were not uncommon: better communication, more efficient work flow and a creative environment. What was uncommon was the extent to which Marlin was willing for their architect and interior designer to "push the envelope" to achieve those goals in adding 5,200 square feet and renovating the firm's existing 4,200-square-foot offices.

Challenges of the project included blending the exterior with its neighbors, living within the restrictive covenants of the development and designing within the constraints of existing structures while creating an architectural statement in keeping with Marlin's corporate image and the creative product they produce.

Special features of the design include five conference rooms selectively placed throughout the building to offer spaces to retreat, reflect or brainstorm. Each conference room is equipped with tackable and write-on walls, movable furniture and presentation rails. Offices are without doors to foster communication. Marlin's corporate symbol, the triangle, is inset into the lobby's wood floor and cut into the metal stair risers. Custom-designed glass display cases provide an ever-changing showcase of the advertising agency's creativity.

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