Department of Housing and Urban Development Demonstration Office Space 85
Washington, DC, USA
This pilot project creates a new “workplace
impromptu meeting spaces while preserving
The modular workplace layout follows the
of the future” for the headquarters of the
the character of the original building.
building geometry. A ﬂexible planning system
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
accommodates entirely open or enclosed By expanding shared spaces without reducing
groups with minimal reconﬁguration, while
workspace footprints, the design allows
ceiling systems emulate the building’s
The 10-story Robert C. Weaver Federal
the building to accommodate more people.
Building was completed in 1968 and is
Shared spaces include break, collaboration
considered by many to be a prime example
and training rooms punctuated with the bright
The design pays homage to the building’s
of Brutalist architecture. HUD envisioned
oranges and yellows that were part of the
architect, Marcel Breuer, through details such
transforming the dark and isolating interiors
building’s historic wayﬁnding scheme.
as the use of his timeless guest chairs.
of its headquarters into a bright, open work environment that would improve
Located off the perimeter, private ofﬁces
communication and help the agency attract
include glass walls to maximize the daylight
penetrating through small punched windows. A light color palette helps diffuse light
Opening the space from wall to wall, designers removed suites that had formerly acted as barriers. A lively internal “street” now provides
◄ conference room
through the space.
2014 design annual
25,000 sq. ft. / 2,322 sq. m.