RBLD is pleased to have been involved in 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, completed in 2020. It has become a signature property near one of America’s most famous addresses. The building’s lobby sets the tone for a sophisticated collection of tenants.
Central to the main hall is an expansive ceiling made luminous by a spectrally tuned rear-illuminated LED field, which changes tone based on weather conditions impacting the western exposure. Lower ceiling lobbies adjacent to the high hall are capped with open steel grating, a strong material contrast to the adjacent luminous ceiling.
The lobby also provides revelation to a variety of art pieces. Stainless steel supporting grids are pierced by adjustable 24 watt LED accent lights to highlight sculptures, including a balanced tornadic piece. Accents are preset to rebalance contrast as the luminous surround changes throughout the day. Additional accenting of the stone walls’ otherwise soft rendition brings out veining.
Twin recessed coves run parallel along lower ceiling lobby perimeters providing flexible, long-term artwork lighting options with interchangeable points and linear sources on track.
A dichroic glass creation is brought to life from a pair of concealed light coves controlled on crossfading dimming circuits to provide a slow dynamic transformation over time. RBLD worked collaboratively with artist through mock-ups to arrive at various looks and sequencing. The resulting effects crossfade between calming and captivating.
At another wall section, suspended panels of diaphanous fabric are rear illuminated by walls brightened with linear LED grazing elements.
The building’s lobbies serve as a welcome and engaging transition for both workers and visitors alike.