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The Mills Building

Washington D.C.
From 1966 into the Future

Mahan Rykiel worked with an architect to reposition 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. The existing building, built in 1966, consists of 10 office floors with ground floor retail and a penthouse level.

Taking a Theme from Nature

MRA was tasked with designing multiexperience outdoor amenity spaces on the 9th and penthouse amenity decks. The limitation of existing planter depths and paving sections resulted in using raised planters that create outdoor rooms for various uses while also providing built in seating. Taking a theme from the Potomac River, the curvilinear seating and planting on the roof deck take the shape of the rivers iconic serpentine shape. The seating undulates down to the ground plane and back up like the waves of the river.

Rectilinear Breakthrough

The outdoor space provides workers a juxtaposed organic experience to the rectilinear modern architecture prevalent in the area. The materiality draws from a natural pallet that echoes the region surrounding the expansive 180° views of downtown Washington D.C., including the White House.