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Department of Housing and Urban Development Demonstration Office Space 85

Washington, DC, USA

Completion: 2013

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.

original curves.

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

talented people.

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.

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25,000 sq. ft. / 2,322 sq. m.

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