DC Architect Firm Reimagines Navy Yard Office Building

DC architect firm Wingate Hughes cleverly converts the Navy Yard office building 80 M Street SE from dated and disconnected to unifying and approachable. The inviting design appeals to the evolving needs of the Millennial workforce and enhances 80 M’s connection with the Navy Yard community through a locally inspired entrance and lobby transformation. The creative architectural design creates endless opportunities for tenants to connect in a chic, must-see amenity space that many think is a neighborhood hot spot, not an office lobby.

The ultimate success? Columbia Property Trust‘s goals to increase rentability for 80 M are met– the building was once facing nearly 50% vacancy pre-construction. 80 M now boasts near capacity occupancy, current leases equal more than 150,000 square feet of office space, and tenants support approximately 750 jobs in the Capitol Riverfront community. Occupants include General Dynamics and the newly-opened WeWork Navy Yard.

Step inside 80 M’s new neighborhood building …

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Wingate Hughes reinvents the former utilitarian lobby and atrium into a unified space with lounge, amenity, and terrace areas. The high-functioning lobby includes ample space for work, collaboration, recreation, and events while inviting tenants to engage socially outside the typical office environment.

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The custom design positions the building as a member of the SE Navy Yard neighborhood with subtle, symbolic nods to the area’s heritage, including a wood slat, feature ceiling in the tenant lounge that spells the U.S. Navy fight song in Morse Code (see above in blog’s feature image), as well as the use of brick, steel, concrete, and timber elements to reflect the neighborhood’s historic industrial roots. Also, an embedded map graphic of SE DC spans the entire lobby floor, with street grids lines glazed onto the polished concrete flooring.

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The outside terrace with patio seating connects 80 M’s tenants to the vibrancy of the emerging Capital Riverfront mixed-use neighborhood, and a side custom planter helps direct cross pattern circulation and uninterrupted lunches and chats on the patio.

The perimeter structural glass system wall and 17’x12’ operable glass garage door elevate the building’s transparency, connecting the terrace to the lobby and lounge. The garage door wall literally opens 80 M’s front door to the community.

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By taking down walls and installing a new brick veneer wall with transparent separation and casual connection hallways, Wingate Hughes allows each “room” to serve a different function while operating as one space.

To learn more about 80 M St. SE’s lobby and terrace design, email communications@wingatehughes.com.

Photography by Anice Hoachlander and Allen Russ, Hoachlander Davis Photography