Stimson Center

Location: Washington, DC
Project Size: 15,883 SF

The Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a combination of analysis and outreach. The Center’s stated approach is pragmatic - seeking to provide policy alternatives, solve problems, and overcome obstacles towards a more peaceful and secure world. 

The design concept was centered on Stimson Center’s mission, pragmatic solutions; bringing people together to discuss solutions for their organization and sharing those ideas with the public. By connecting the reception area to blend the conference space with the café, a sense of flow was developed. 

The Stimson Center’s primary goal concentrated on privacy through an all closed office space to compliment the necessity for heads down research. This initially drove their budget through the roof. In order to accommodate their needs, FOX challenged the Stimson Center on individual space size and created 8x8 modules for interior offices. Reusing furniture from their previous space alleviated the budget and permitted more opportunities to create communal spaces along the window line such as the café and huddle areas. Additionally, double offices with sliding glass doors were implemented in lieu of open workstations to accommodate the desire for acoustical privacy. 

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