Calling All Explorers

Calling All Explorers

National Geographic Pavilion by Hickok Cole

National Geographic Pavilion

Phase two of National Geographic’s headquarters renovation brings the world of exploration to the DC streets. A reimagined central plaza and new entry pavilion transform the quiet campus amenity into a dynamic destination and conduit between the organization’s two historic buildings and its adoring fans.

A level entry plane and new pedestrian pathway along the campus perimeter activate the ground floor for a new campus gateway along the busy M Street corridor in DC. A refresh of the Edward Durell building’s plaza-facing façade connects it directly to the pavilion. Additional upgrades include replacement of several architectural fins, windows in the shadow of the pavilion, and stairs as well as the installation of an ADA-compliant lift on 16th Street. Upon completion, the existing buildings will surround a new public plaza and be connected by a new central pavilion with a rooftop terrace that will serve as a new entrance and an event space.


1145 17th St NW
Washington, DC


National Geographic Society


Pavilion: 15,000 SF
Public Space Interiors: 60,000 SF
Public Plaza: 52,000 SF




Mixed-Use, Office