Written in the Stars

Written in the Stars

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue

Several decades after its original delivery, this strategic renovation leverages design interventions on the ground floor and lower levels to maximize available space, accentuate existing architectural elements, and reintroduce 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue as the premiere office space on this highly coveted corridor.

A relocated main entrance along Pennsylvania Avenue welcomes tenants and guests into a designated, intuitive, and secure reception area featuring a new bronze-clad desk nestled into the curvature of the former exterior wall. Bold royal blue velvet furniture accents the natural tones of existing Portuguese Limestone walls. New floor-to-ceiling glass invites sunlight during the day while sleek chandeliers illuminate lounge space in the evening. This previously exterior space, now captured and enclosed, provides a grand welcoming experience and a taste of the glamorous new interiors.

By relocating the reception desk, the atrium is reclaimed for tenants with flexible programming and activation along the perimeter with custom banquettes that wrap the existing columns. Three vignette seating arrangements and hospitality-inspired details including bronze arcade accents, sophisticated lounge furniture, vertical wooden wall slats, and bright Carrera marble bring warmth to the previously dark and cold atmosphere. Directly overhead, a 65-foot-long chandelier extends through several working floors featuring 800 color-changing, illuminated frosted glass globes, strung from three concentric bronze rings. A new wine bar displaying over 500 bottles for tenants to share among clients or colleagues transforms the lobby from pass-through space to destination.

A renovated fitness center navigates existing columns, recaptures underutilized space, and cuts through the floor slab above to create make way for an open, double-height studio with four custom trusses that support suspension and high-interval training. Many of the lobby’s new design elements appear in custom graphic wallpaper and metal door handles, and hospitality details such as color-changing LED lighting, wood ceiling and wall panels, and faux leather-padded columns add a luxe touch.


1001 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20004




GC: Rand* Construction
Chandelier: Yellow Goat


20,000 SF


Lifestyle, Office