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1620 L Street NW

Unearthing potential in a 1980s office building

  • 15K

    Square Feet

  • Washington, District of Columbia

    Washington, District of Columbia

This renovation of a downtown office building enabled an outdated mid-block eyesore to rise to Class A building status

With its heavy granite entrance canopy, outdated façade, and poorly lit lobby, 1620 L Street Northwest couldn’t compete in the downtown Washington, DC real estate market. But a development company in Chicago saw potential in the 1980s-era postmodern building. The client’s vision? Reposition to gain Class A status and help the 12-story building to stand out in the office market.

Our design team brought that vision to life by transforming the main lobby, filling it with light and making it visible from the street. A two-level full-glass façade replaced the bulky entrance canopy to give the building a fresh new appeal. Off-white marble and lighter wood finishes replaced the existing dark wood theme, while a feature wall further draws the public eye inside from the street. A new mezzanine area, a first-floor conference center, and a fitness center were also included to offer Class A level amenities.  

Completed in December 2012, clear views, daylight, depth, and volume now infuse the lobby, inviting eyes—and tenants—into the space.

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Meet Our Team

Pablo Quintana, Principal

I enhance the way people work through thought-provoking designs, innovation, and careful understanding of the client's needs and desires.

Pablo Quintana


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