NPR | Washington, DC
Hickok Cole Architects | Washington, DC

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Design Statement:
The 330,000 sf landmark building and addition to a historic warehouse connects the public to this national brand and satisfies the client's desire for a connected, open, collaborative work environment for reporters, staff, and a newly embraced public. Upon arrival visitors are greeted by news and imagery on the colorful Media Mosaic that encloses the client's largest studio. Simple materials including steel, concrete, glass and wood compliment the raw yet sophisticated interior and have the same clarity and recognition as the client sound. End grain wood floors, expanded metal mesh ceilings and exposed plywood edges of millwork are examples of how this concept radiates through the interior. A reception desk clad in white wood panels mimics the concept of movement and visualization of sound. Metal mesh, the material of a microphone, is used in the elevator cabs and ceiling. The client's is known for its clarity of sound and the visual abstraction of sound waves in green, blue and magenta is expressed in many ways throughout the facility. The vibrant colors are used as way-finding elements to identify Studios in the landscape of the 100,000 sf two-story newsroom. Because no two walls can be parallel, the angular form of the studios is a direct expression of their acoustic properties. A striation of color is used at conference room millwork, providing a seat while solid colored film designates "30-minute" meeting rooms on each floor. The client's new space depicts the virtues of transparency, honesty, and multiple viewpoints, reflecting the client's dedication to creating an informed public.
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