Mothership Strategies’ Historic Office

Mothership Strategies is a Washington, DC digital agency on the leading edge of progressive campaigns tackling big national challenges. Formerly housed in a co-working space, Mothership worked with our team to design their first office at 1328 Florida Ave NW. The building, centrally located near Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, U Street and Howard University, was formerly an elementary school, and the space’s incredible history is preserved in the design. This exercise in simplicity left many of the building’s architecturally significant features intact, like the original brick, the frames for the windows, and the staircase. The design also utilizes juxtaposition and harmony to balance opposite, unifying elements on both the public (left) and private (right) sides of the office.

Look inside Mothership’s new office …

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Photo courtesy of Hoachlander Davis Photography

Mothership’s custom bookshelves flank both ends of the central corridor on the first and second floors. The central corridor and staircase serve as a common axis point to unify both sides of the building. The entryway includes an open concept pantry that flows across this corridor and into the first-floor lounge. The alternating height Tech Lighting Piper Pendants highlight the walkway to the open work area. The reception to back-of-house brick wall, exposed using a peel process to reveal its authentic color, flows from reception to back of house. The same process is used along the parallel open office brick walls on the first and second floors.

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Photo courtesy of Hoachlander Davis Photography

Mothership’s stairwell walls were removed to maximize square footage and openness. The original staircase is painted black to coordinate with the black acoustical ceiling tile (ACT) in the neighboring lounge. On this side of the office, the ceiling perimeter is rimmed with drywall and opens in the middle, showing the exposed slab. On the opposite side of the office, a floating ACT cloud hangs above the open work stations. The reversed ceiling concept balances the left and right sides of the space on both floors. The linear ceiling LED lights are by Coronet.

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Photo courtesy of Hoachlander Davis Photography

Mothership’s floor plan includes private offices and meeting rooms on both floors that serve as an acoustic buffer between the public and private work areas. T-BAR LED Smartlights are placed in the ceiling grid, and Masland carpet and Parterre LVT from Division 9 are used throughout.

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Photo courtesy of Hoachlander Davis Photography

The second floor, mirroring the purpose of the first floor, features a lounge, large conference room and an extra private meeting room on the left side of the floor plate. Nearly identical ceiling, bookcase, and central corridor elements are pictured here.

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Photo courtesy of Hoachlander Davis Photography

The second floor’s open work space is also like the first floor. In the work areas, the ceiling is open to the exposed slab at the perimeter and the black ACT drops in the center, a direct contrast to the ceiling design in the public side of the plan. Work Stations are STAKS by First Office, an OFS Brand. Mothership’s furniture is provided by American Office.

For more information on Mothership Strategies‘ office design, email communications@wingatehughes.com and check out DC Inno’s Mothership Office Envy feature.