World Resources Institute Offices – Washington DC

  • Client World Resources Institute,
  • size 65,000 sqft
  • Year 2016
  • Location Washington DC, United States,
  • Industry Non-Profit / Government,
  • FOX Architects has developed the new offices of World Resources Institute on Washington DC.

    World Resources Institute (WRI) envisions an equitable and prosperous planet driven by the management of natural resources. Based in Washington, DC, WRI is a global research firm spanning over 50 countries that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being to help cultures thrive.

    After evaluating multiple short term and long term scenarios and new real estate options, WRI opted to stay in their current building for a complete space renovation. The design team worked closely with WRI to incorporate new strategies to accommodate a collaborative and transparent organization.

    Comprised of mostly closed offices in the original space, the design team thoughtfully wove elements of open corners to add a mix of transparency for touches of personal inclusiveness. To depict the idea of transparency, a copious amount of glass was used on all private offices that occupy the interior space while workstations line the glass windows allowing natural light to permeate into the core space.

    In addition, balancing the need for impromptu meetings and collaboration, transparent squad rooms were integrated as another participatory element, while a centralized café provides a multi-function destination space for staff to meet, socialize, and collaborate.

    Design: FOX Architects
    Photography: John Cole