Hudson Institute is a policy organization that challenges conventional thinking and helps manage strategic transitions to the future through interdisciplinary studies in defense, international relations, economics, health care, technology, culture, and law. For its new centrally-located DC headquarters, Hudson saw a new location as an opportunity to modernize its facilities and outreach capabilities.
Building upon Hudson’s academia-focused culture, the design team created a space that was sophisticated but not overly opulent. The ceiling featured an alluring band of reclaimed wood that thoughtfully served as an architectural procession from public to private spaces. Layering upon textures, natural elements of wood and stone and formative materials metal and glass are used throughout the space to communicate how finishes can function by themselves but also work cohesively.
Supporting the necessity for private offices, glass fronts and walls were used to open up the space and draw natural light deep into the space’s core while still allowing privacy. To foster collaboration amongst the staff, the centrally located café and librarea lounge were designed to be open and inviting. The team integrated huddle rooms and smaller sized conference rooms off the axis line to reinforce the interaction of staff for interdisciplinary meetings.
Beyond the aesthetics, the space also supports greater productivity. Incorporating technology components and wireless internet service intended for energy efficiency and ease of use into the flexible conference room enables weekly panel discussions by fellows as well as flexibility for events and receptions.