NPR Headquarters
Washington, DC

The new NPR headquarters transformed a historic warehouse into a sustainable 330,000 SF office building located in a business improvement district in Washington, D.C. A large team came together to design this cutting edge facility; Bloomfield & Associates Architects designed the 25 studio spaces.

The studios are seen as functional nodes distributed evenly throughout production areas. The NPR staff, previously in 3 different locations, are now able to more effectively communicate with each other so they can better communicate with approximately 26.4 million people each week.

Maintaining the NPR sound was an early design directive. Virtually every surface is tunable through the use of absorptive, reflective and diffusive panels.

Studio One is a studio capable of accommodating 260 people for live performances and events. Carefully detailed acoustic surfaces make Studio One an intimate environment with recording studio quality in every respect. Signature programs, concerts or election coverage can be broadcast live. An acoustic divider wall and retractable seats lend flexibility for lectures, performances and conferences.

Owner: National Public Radio
Completion: 2013
Size: 330,000 SF

Of Interest:
  • Big Black Box Theater
  • Recording Studios (small and large)
  • Sustainable Elements
  • Audio - Visual Labs
  • Electronic Labs
  • Offices
  • Specialized Acoustical Materials

Awards & Links

Inform Architecture & Design, "Best Interior," 2014

Washington Business Journal, "Best Real Estate Deals of 2013: New Office Development," First Place, 2014

Radio Ink, "NPR's New Worldwide Headquarters," 2014

Interior Design Magazine, "The House that Radio Built: This is NPR," 2013

PreservationNation Blog, "The House that Radio Built: NPR’s New Headquarters Celebrates Preservation," 2013

Architecture DC Magazine, "This is NPR," Fall 2013

Eco Structure Magazine, "All (Sustainable) Things Considered," Fall 2013