Interior Architecture Changes: One Franklin Square



Interior Architecture Changes: One Franklin Square

            One Franklin Square is located in 1301 K Street NW across from Washington’s second largest park, Franklin Square. It’s the fifth tallest building in The District of Columbia and it was completed in 1989. It was developed by Prentiss Company and designed by Hartman-Cox Architects and The Dewberry Company. One Franklin Square is currently owned and managed by Hines Interests. The building has a five-part structure, consisting of two noticeable towers rising between three smaller, yet vertical towers. The edifice characteristic design and noticeable location on Franklin Square make it one of Washington’s most recognizable office buildings, a 12-story, 625,644-square-foot structure sited five blocks northeast of the White House (Hines). It is located in a commercial area many business services, banks, hotel, restaurants and public transportation surround One Franklin square. It’ s easy to navigate ,and the neutral colors in all the building and some green areas because of the franklin park. There are many different kind of building in this area. One Franklin square is considered a modern building but Franklin school building has an old fashion architecture look, because it’s made with reddish bricks.



            Recently there was a renovation in the lobby, roof terraces and penthouses of One Franklin Square building. Along with re-programming the penthouse spaces the existing roof terraces were re-conceptualized and transformed from utilitarian service spaces into a tenant amenity with outdoor terrace. Casual seating, wood screens, a green wall and creative lighting were used as common themes among all of the new spaces(ONE FRANKLIN SQUARE BUILDING ENHANCEMENTS). The lobby was completely modernized. One of the perks of this building is the incredible views on the city skyline the changes made didn’t affected the view. The East Tower was converted into a Multi-Purpose Conference Center and the West Tower was adjust to function as a relaxed tenant social lounge with ample natural light. The power of the response was strengthened by thoughtfully linking all of the various amenity experiences with common design elements: warm woods, green screens, trellises, energy efficient lighting systems, simple modern furnishings (ONE FRANKLIN SQUARE BUILDING ENHANCEMENTS). All this changes complemented the existing building but made a clear distinction and new impression with modern architecture.


New East Tower Conference Facility


           The area where the building is located is a busy and working area. Many office building like One Franklin Square but when I went there I could notice how modern and new this building differs from the others. At night this zone changes completely, because there are no more busy office workers, but instead restaurants with many tourist and nightclubs life takes over. The major tenants of this building are the washington post, dentons and Reed smith LLP.  Only about 10 percent of the space will be private offices, which required extensive demolition of interior walls and the removal of the walls on the seventh and eighth floor in the east tower so they joined with the floors on the west tower (One Franklin Square).

Works Cited

Hines. “Welcome to One Franklin Square’s Tenant® Portal.” Welcome to One Franklin    Square’s Tenant Portal. N.p., 2016. Web. 15 Oct. 2016.


“One Franklin Square.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Web. 22 Oct. 2016.