One of Washington, DC’s first LEED Platinum projects, and a groundbreaker in sustainable innovation, the stunning glass office tower at 800 17th Street has become one of the City’s most sought after addresses. The building’s lobby and first two floors of common space establish a visual signature of creativity and quality that infuses the entire property.
Lighting is seamlessly integrated with the architecture and provides intuitive visual cues for wayfinding and orientation. The space’s two-story water feature is rear illuminated creating a wall of dynamic texture. A glass pedestrian bridge is uplighted from the floor below it while ceiling-based adjustable accent lights illuminate a green wall at the lower level concourse. Integrated daylight controls manage both general illumination and supplementary photobiological lighting. The clean, crisp definition provided to the lobby spaces, softened by careful revelation of feature material texture and color, demonstrates the power of light to reinforce overall visual goals. The lighting design was fundamental in creating the proper impression for both the first time visitor and resident office workers.