Light Box Design Studio Redefines What to Expect from Spec Suites & Amenities

Light Box, a Wingate Hughes design studio, redefines what to expect from spec suites and community amenity areas with remarkable work that can be seen throughout DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland. Their recent work at 1800 M Street NW, owned by Columbia Property Trust, sets a new standard of excellence for spec suite and amenity area design.

Take a look at the beautiful new common amenity area and spec suites at 1800 M Street NW and see what is possible for your next project.

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The large conference room at 1800 M stuns with it’s sophisticated and rustic, yet modern look. The angled feature ceiling, a combination between custom 3/4″ birch veneer plywood strips stained in new ebony and Vius Engineered Cardinal Warren flooring, stops traffic and gains plenty of gazes upwards. The recessed mounted Beam 2 Axis Lights in the multi-planked ceiling create movement, elongate the space, and bring additional focus to the conference room.

The Knoll Rockwell Unscripted Library Table seats 20 comfortably in the stylish and minimalistic Davis Sola chairs, providing plenty of space for all-day, multi-organizational meetings and retreats.

The custom millwork birch veneer plywood cubby shelving and bench, stained in black ebony and pecan, give function and aesthetic dimension to the narrow room. The opposing birch plywood wall, also stained in black ebony, ties the room together and anchors the Metrowall system. These elements also frame the spec suites on the floor.

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The six semi-private nooks on the fifth-floor amenity corridor go beyond traditional huddle areas. Between the nooks, custom millwork cubbies alternate with slim, custom flat-metal bar screens and inset boxes to designate each space.

Furniture selections fit different needs ranging from relaxation to phone calls and small meetings to reading. Playful and inviting furniture like the Andreu World Nub lounge chair and the Wallace Sofa by Gus Modern make the decision for occupants to utilize the space easy.

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All five spec suites run parallel to the nooks, extending the reach of each office and allowing for opportunities to meet others on the floor and get away without leaving the building.

The Oxygen 3.1 pendant lights distribute soft light through the lounge areas and flow with the direction of the Vius Cardinal Warren hallway — the same flooring used on the conference room ceiling and in the pantry inset wall.

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The fifth-floor communal pantry utilizes several design methods to draw people into the space, including the recessed, mounted Beam 2 Axis lights. The SomerTile Twenties Vintage flooring calls attention to the room while also conveying emotions of home. Meanwhile, the same cross hatch pattern used in the conference room designates the lunch bar, subtly tying together elements and tones from the entire fifth floor. The brand new, upgraded appliance like the Sub-Zero fridge add polish and function to the pantry.

There is nothing else like Light Box in the architecture and design world. Light Box, an exclusive option for preferred landlord clients who need seriously fast turn around for projects, reliability, and accuracy, is more than a concierge landlord service option. Light Box provides high design for landlords on a quick timeline and also manages existing building conditions, BOMA documentation, and building standards. The studio creates more in regard to the number of designed spec suites than any other firm and dominates with their impressive style.

If you have any questions about Light Box or the spec suites and amenity area at 1800 M, email

Thank you to all our partners that made the 1800 M Street project a success!

Columbia Property Trust

Mark Witschorik, Vice President, Eastern Region

Cushman & Wakefield

Mark Wooters, Senior Director

James Collins, Senior Director

DFS Construction

Ed Woods, Director of Operations

Will Matthews, Project Manager

Stephan Williamson, Project Engineer

Photography by Erin Kelleher Photography.