National 4-H Council, the leadership branch of the prominent youth development organization, relocated its headquarters from Maryland to the heart of downtown DC. FOX Architects was commissioned to design the new office as the physical representation of the organization’s mission. The objective was to design a clean, inclusive, and comfortable space that was an architectural expression of its mission-driven brand. The space needed to provide for a diverse range of individuals, including 4-H kids, alumni, donors, investors, and associates. Additionally, FOX was tasked with ensuring the space would support the National 4-H Council’s flexible hybrid work model and become a place where associates would genuinely want to work.
FOX Architects incorporated the concept of growth throughout the overall design, using it to shape the office’s layout and aesthetic. While navigating the corridors, the stages of progression are expressed through colorful baffles. Color was also used to warm the space, making it more inviting and familial. Public spaces in the Welcome Center, Experience Gallery, and Work Cafe became focal points of the office. These areas were designed using bold, organic forms that layered and radiated throughout space. By emphasizing the brand’s colors and adding photo-worthy, eye-catching backdrops, these spaces create a unique 4-H experience, eliciting a sense of connection to the organization’s mission.
FOX Architects’ design solution provides a workplace that reflects the mission of the National 4-H Council, while providing a comfortable and inspiring environment for all stakeholders. The organization now has a headquarters to be enjoyed that is equally as youthful and original.