Awards of Excellence 2021

Award of Excellence
Best Interiors - 25,001 - 75,000 SF

Project Team

WashREIT - (Developer)
EIG Global Energy Partners - (Owner)
Gensler - (Architect)
HITT - (General Contractor)
Cushman & Wakefield - (Broker + Project Management)
Washington Woodworking

Project Description

EIG’s long-term vision and deep expertise crystallized the need for an immersive headquarters experience for investors and employees that is as memorable as it is adaptable.

As one of the world’s leading providers of capital to the energy sector, EIG has a sharp focus and consummate expertise that requires a workplace equally as progressive. The top two floors of the Watergate Complex in Washington, DC provide an appropriate landing for this renowned firm and its passionate team. Originally designed in the 1960’s by Italian architect Luigi Moretti, the Watergate’s inventive design manipulates curvilinear geometries, landscaping, and progressive construction methods to produce different experiences.

Specially curated materials and a neutral palette impart simplicity and elegance to balance the rich architectural forms in the space. In allusion to the classic elements, the 11th and 12th floors embrace a blue-toned theme for “water” and a red-toned theme for “fire,” respectively. Large aggregates of Venetian terrazzo, a thin poured Italian material, strategically wrap around to offset low ceilings. The highly figured wood finishes, tobacco toned carpet, and leather-wrapped columns represent a modern take on classic ‘60s design elements. Views on either side of the building informed the spatial plan; waterfront views of the Potomac River frame the public space and city views vitalize the workspace. Offices have the same furniture but pieces and layouts vary by office size, running from small to extra-large, all containing height-adjustable desks. Offices are planned to be future proof to convert and convert to double or triple occupancy. In the public space, curved sectional sofas and organic furniture arrangements reference the Watergate’s design vocabulary and encourage collaboration. The resulting space is flexible enough to support a variety of interactions, and sophisticated enough to inspire employees and visitors alike to engage with EIG’s global platform. In a world where change is exponential, EIG now finds itself well-equipped to act nimbly in response to today’s affairs and emanate stability and longevity for the future.

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