World Bank

Washington DC / Kohn Pederson Fox

The World Bank renovation project includes 450,000 square feet of wall area enclosed with glass and aluminum panels, on a project site of one entire city block two blocks from The White House. It is a custom project with 7 different wall systems on 4 buildings – 2 new and 2 retrofit—that incorporates buildings from the 1960s and 70s by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Vincent Kling into a unified entity. The older buildings, with their austere modern façades, appear to be embedded in the new and larger aluminum and glass structure, which has introduced natural light not only to the center of the building but also to two underground floors by way of the vaulted atrium. The atrium is 178 feet tall, considerably above the 130-foot limit in the district, but allowable because the extra height is not used for occupancy. It has a 28-foot waterfall, elevator banks, planters and a number of seating areas.