World Resources Institute
Based in Washington, DC, World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research firm that seeks to create equity and prosperity through sustainable natural resource management. WRI was facing expansion in both their DC and international offices and needed to decide between staying in their present location or relocating to a new building. After evaluating multiple locations and short and long-term space scenarios, WRI opted to stay in their current building for a complete, phased renovation over two floors. WRI’s new office was designed to reflect their culture of transparency. The original space was comprised of mostly closed offices, so in the spirit of a transparency, their new space was transformed to a predominately open office environment. The design team thoughtfully wove elements of open corners to add touches of personal inclusiveness. A copious amount of glass was used on all private, interior offices while workstations line the glass windows allowing natural light to permeate into the core space. This concept gave WRI a more open, light-filled and modern office environment. To balance the need for impromptu meetings and collaboration, transparent squad rooms were integrated as another participatory element, while a centralized café provided a multifunction destination space for staff to meet, socialize, and collaborate.