PN Hoffman’s new world-class headquarters, located in their 3 million square-foot Wharf neighborhood, showcases their deep understanding and appreciation for the District, history of Southwest and its waterfront, and the responsibility associated with establishing Washington, DC as a true waterfront destination city.
The multi-faceted lobby introduces the office’s design intent– reflect the area’s rich history, the beauty found in the simplicity of building, and PN Hoffman’s entrepreneurial journey from local developer to prestigious shaper of cityscapes. Wingate Hughes accomplishes this with elegantly executed elements like the sheeting and shoring-lined lobby, commonly used when installing the foundation of a building or on a vessel, and the custom angled, multi-ribbed wood-slat ceiling reminiscent of the underbelly of a ship.
The significance of PN Hoffman’s future and The Wharf neighborhood is felt as soon as you walk into the lobby and ascend to the second level via the central stairwell, also lined with sheeting and shoring. This area seamlessly weaves the raw and authentic from the first floor with new warm and functional design items like Florim’s ECOWOOD porcelain tile, wood plank flooring.
The second floor’s grounded grandeur expresses PN Hoffman’s narrative through layers. The thoroughfare’s partially exposed ductwork ceiling supports its neighboring, hard ceiling and the far right, suspended angled wood-ribbed ceiling – a continuation from the lobby. This texture flows effortlessly beside the high-gloss, vertical metal paneled wall and draws the eye toward the office’s conference center and view of the Potomac.
The refined and approachable perimeter glass executive offices, complete with large-scale X-suspension cables to add background context, complement the nearby conference rooms. Mohawk’s Denim Jean carpet tile in Bootcut enhances the aesthetic.
The glass conference rooms incorporate the building’s preexisting, now wax-finished, columns. The weight-bearing columns seamlessly become part of the experience and also sit beside the movable glass partition NanaWall. This system creates the option of expanding or making additional conference space. These rooms escalate sophistication with the surrounding quarter cut Dooge Veneers fumed white oak and Masland carpet from Division 9 Associates.
The pantry impresses onlookers with its glass bridge location and further chronicles PN Hoffman’s evolution. The flooring switches at this point from the warm, rustic wood in reception to the polished porcelain tile by Porcelanosa.
The pantry’s bar symbolically mixes materials to mirror a construction schedule. The island’s timeline starts with real wood block stacks to wood slats and then white Calacatta Venato marble from Architectural Ceramics. Metal encircles the Atrix Polished Granite Slab bar top’s channeled edge. The marble slab also hides the keg and cold brew taps. Their placement corresponds to the time of day – coffee in the morning and a beer in the evening.
The custom, acrylic lights sit within an architecturally relevant golden ratio frame and add drama and depth to the exposed ceiling.
The conference center and model room, with its finished, buttoned-up look, offers panoramic views of the Potomac River and The Wharf and continues the story of PN Hoffman as the last development phase begins.
As The Wharf expands, PN Hoffman’s open office flexibility allows for ample configurations to accommodate new team members. The corridor’s gray Mohawk Laminate flooring shows direction while the Masland carpet in Faded Batik houses the office’s workstations.
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