Washington, DC / Hickok Cole Architects
The headquarters house a state-of-the-art 90,000 sf newsroom for NPR’s award-winning broadcast operation, a multi-purpose performance studio and event space, and a conference and training center. The facility is divided into 3 segments: Public, News, and Offices. The office block is lifted above the existing historic building roof-line to create a clerestory, allowing light into the newsroom on the 3rd and 4th floors. A dynamic glass fin system with a spectrum of six colors serves as an abstract expression of sound waves. The original building, the C&P Telephone Company building, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and great care was taken to maintain its integrity while still creating the spaces required for NPR. The facility is anticipated to achieve LEED Gold, with sustainable elements like a 32,500-square foot green roof with honey bee hives.