Three Washington companies have come down from their upper-level offices and opened up to passersbys on the sidewalk.
When CoStar Group bought a building on L Street NW, it decided that rather than lease the ground floor to a deli, coffee shop or bank, it would design the space as a showcase for its work. CoStar is not alone in deciding to move downstairs and put its workers on the street for everyone to see. Design firms in particular are opening up their headquarters for display, putting their creative people behind big windows, as though they were chefs rolling pastries or tossing pizza dough, and often inviting in clients, artists, chefs and community groups. Jeffrey MacMillan/For The Washington Post Buy Photo