The New Republic

Location: Washington, DC
Project Size: 11,000 SF

The New Republic is a publication rich in history; tackling politics, culture, and big ideas from an unbiased and through-provoking perspective. A Facebook co-founder and digital strategist for the 2008 Obama campaign purchased The New Republic in 2012 to help build a future for substantive journalism in a digital age. 

Part of this transition in leadership included a rebrand and refresh of The New Republic’s downtown Washington, DC, space. FOX Architects’ design intent was to acknowledge the legacy of the publication but infuse a sense of vitality and movement towards new and innovative technology for the print industry. The New Republic’s workforce represents a diverse demographic, with many young professionals and journalists, but also members of an older generation. The design team sought to provide spaces for employees that functioned based on their work type and supported an employee’s daily tasks. 

The design team was challenged to seamlessly integrate the building’s historic architectural features with subtle, modern touches. The result is an open and light-filled space that blends traditional offices on the perimeter with low panel workstations adjacent to the public areas. The architectural elements of this historic building lend itself to honoring the tradition of The New Republic while the design supports the publication’s workforce and the future of the publication in the digital age. 

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