1400 Crystal Drive is a state-of-the-art, 310,000 SF office building “recycled” from a 1968 structure that had outlived its useful life span. Our challenge was transforming this dated office building into an environment designed to support modern workplace needs, and weaving together old and new building systems through the original post-tension structure. Our aim was to re-mass the building, add a 37,000 SF extension and directly engage public spaces at the street level.
The new, glass curtainwall facade updates what was previously a boxy, unrelenting presence. This new facade allows more light into the interior and provides extended views of the Potomac River and Washington, DC. Exposed structural armatures, supporting curtain-wall extensions, express the tension between the original frame and the new envelope. We reconfigured the building entry by moving parking and loading and extended the new lobby to the corner, creating an engaging public plaza.
By transforming this 1968 building into a modern work environment, our team has demonstrated a sustainable solution for modernizing office buildings.