Serving as the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Robert C. Weaver Federal Building is an icon of the brutalist movement and one of two Marcel Breuer-designed buildings in Washington, D.C. When security elements and graphical displays obscured the original design intent, OLBN was commissioned to find a means to accommodate HUD’s security and branding needs while recapturing the spatial character of the lobbies.
OLBN utilized an integration-based approach for the security elements, combining functional and aesthetic elements, to reduce visual clutter, enhance the spaciousness of the waiting area and simplify circulation. Badge scanners were integrated into new exterior revolving doors, the new security station was integrated back to its original location and graphics and branding were integrated within the furniture, signage, and architectural elements.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development
U.S. General Services Adminstration