Herman Miller National Design Center
Washington, DC | 2003
This National Design Center in Washington DC is a 16,200 square foot sales and resource center for the regional design community. As with all of Herman Miller NDC’s, the program includes conference rooms, product display, cafe, open office and support.
The ceiling was designed as open and flexible by using vertical strips of painted particle board. This economical solution allowed for all life-safety components to hover unobstructed between the strips while providing baffled lighting, adding interest to an otherwise simple space. Further, glass fronts at conference rooms were canted slightly to provide visual interest in the display area, a playful counterpart to the dynamic ceiling.
As a leader in sustainable products and corporate practices, Herman Miller requires all its major projects to achieve a minimum Silver LEED certification for its showrooms, and this project received LEED CI Gold.