The existing building located at 1300 Eye street is an example of late 1980’s post-modernist architecture designed by Phillip Johnson. The client’s goal was to update the building entry sequence and to incorporate elevated building amenities. The final design as shown, works with the existing architecture to emphasize some of the most beautiful aspects of the post-modern design while creating contemporary and luxurious spaces through transformational interventions. To create a strong visual connection to the Franklin Square Park located across from the lobby, existing heavy bronze grillwork & entry doors were removed and replaced with light, point-supported glass walls that were pulled out to the front of the building for additional interior space. Dramatic light fixtures embedded in the underside of the four canopies draw the eye through the space and into the reception area at the rear of the lobby. Inside the lobby, classical architectural elements from the original design such as the two-story columns and marble floors were retained and blended with padded leather panel walls and custom artwork. Behind the reception desk a café was created, offering coffee and snacks for building tenants in a more relaxed environment. A monumental stair takes visitors through one of two new floor openings to the Concourse level below, where an enormous conference center offers multiple meeting choices. A great deal of the existing bronze metalwork in the building was repurposed as decorative screen walls and artwork to retain a memory of the original design. Additional amenities include a spa-quality fitness center and bike storage room with lockers and changing rooms.
This project was designed by Paradigm founder Mercedes Afshar during her time at Hickok Cole.
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