Southern Building Office Space
Our new studio space is open concept and full of natural light with operable windows, yet private and collaborative. Studio 27 Architecture designed the fit-out in keeping with the historic integrity by expressing the original materiality, and given the historic nature of the Daniel H. Burnham-designed building, the massive original steel columns are intentionally revealed and the terrazzo left in tact. A history of early twentieth century construction is celebrated in this renovation within one of DC’s most significant structures – the Southern Office building.
Opened in 1910, the Southern Office Building was originally owned and occupied by two insurance companies; the First National Fire Insurance Company, and the Commercial Fire Insurance Company.
The building was a reflection of the City’s growth and prosperity where prominent financial institutions began to build highly visible and monumental headquarter buildings primarily in and around the Department of Treasury at 15th Street & New York Avenue, NW.
We left the exposed rivets of the ironwork columns and the irregular order of the slab ceiling terracotta tile formwork as a remnant of an earlier industrial era.
The project is a design of subtraction as opposed to addition. More is done with less. We included a secluded wellness room – allowing for prayer, nursing, and private discussions.