After nearly two decades at one location, National Public Radio’s (NPR) headquarters in Washington, D.C., received a much-needed move and workspace upgrade last spring. The new space, designed by Hickok Cole Architects, included a new seven-story building next to an existing four-story 1920s warehouse to create 440,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities that can accommodate NPR’s staff of more than 700 employees.
Highlights of this project, as illustrated in the video below, include a 52-foot-tall, LED-illuminated steel-and-glass tower — by Poulin + Morris, which also created the buildings branding and graphics — that identifies NPR’s public entrance and references the institution’s long history in radio. And NPR goes even further in embracing the “public” aspect of its name: The visitor space includes a permanent, 70-foot-long interactive exhibition, titled “This is NPR,” that spans the length of the building’s lobby. (You can see part of the exhibition in the photo above, at right.) The exhibition offers interactive content information about NPR and its mission for visitors.
“All things considered,” this is a home worthy of the award-winning news organization’s mission to “listen, innovate, and engage.”
Image: Jeffrey Totaro.