World Resources Institute, a global research organization, needed more space and flexibility. Their existing space was dark, segmented, and cramped, and they wanted to improve employee wellness. WRI hired FOX Architects for a complete, phased, renovation and expansion on two floors.
We wanted to create a space that matches WRI’s culture and values, so our design prioritized light, connection, and transparency. We transformed the dark, cramped space into a modern, open, light-filled environment for collaboration — supporting the work they do as a global problem-solver at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We located workstations along the window line and used glass fronts on private, interior offices, squad rooms, and conference rooms. For collaboration, we integrated squad rooms into the work zones. We created a centralized stair to connect the café and library with other parts of the office, providing staff with flexible work options.
In addition to the open, organized plan, we improved flow through the space with custom-designed wayfinding. Strategic uses of color help guide visitors and employees throughout the space and represent WRI’s programs: blue for water, green for forests, red for cities and food resources, and yellow for energy.
World Resources Institute now has an office that reflects and supports the work they do: bringing light to global challenges and improving human flourishing. To honor that, we strove for stringent sustainability standards and achieved LEED-CI Silver certification. Our design improved employee well-being, staff collaboration and connection, and reflects WRI’s work, mission, and culture.