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5 Fresh New Spaces in Washington, D.C.

Aug. 9, 2021

From post-pandemic offices to bold hotels that pay homage to women, our nation’s capital is looking livelier than ever.  

From post-pandemic offices to bold hotels that pay homage to women, our nation's capital is looking livelier than ever with these recent openings: 

Hotel Zena

1155 14th St NW | Washington, D.C. 20005 

Viceroy Hotel Group recently announced the opening of Hotel Zena, a bold new cultural hub celebrating female empowerment through provocative art, design, and exciting and relevant programming. Dawson Design Associates created an atmosphere of strength and femininity within the 191-room hotel, which features elegant guestrooms and suites, a vibrant cocktail-led lobby lounge, 14th-floor rooftop pool and adjacent private event space. 

Hamilton Hotel, Suffrage Suite

1001 14th St NW | Washington, D.C. 20005 

Hamilton Hotel Washington, D.C. partnered with the Freedom Forum’s Newseum to design a signature suite honoring the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which extended the right to vote to women nationwide in August 1920. The themed “Suffrage Suite” celebrates the centennial with images of historic newspapers, photographs, and stories of changemakers from past and present. Weston, Connecticut-based design firm Terri Jannes Interiors took inspiration from the fashion and colors associated with the suffragists: purple, yellow and white to represent loyalty, hope and purity. The suite features scallops, peacocks, fur and embroidery to represent the clothing worn by suffragists as well as sunflowers, the official flower of the suffrage movement. 

[Related: Black-and-White Theme Creates a Deluxe Dental Office in Virginia]

HYL Architecture

607 14th St NW | Washington, D.C. 20005 

HYL Architecture recently signed a lease to move its offices to the newly repositioned Westory building, in which the firm will occupy approximately 6,000 square feet on the second floor. HYL is creating a “destination office” that will be a model for the post-COVID work environment. The office will incorporate numerous features for health and wellness, including a designated quiet group workspace with biophilia. In addition, HYL will be implementing an upgrade in technology, to include enhanced presentation capabilities and a Virtual Reality Lab. The firm is expected to move in the fall of 2021. 

citizenM Hotel

550 School Street SW | Washington, D.C. 20024 

citizenM Washington D.C. Capitol will be the Dutch lifestyle and hotel company’s fifth U.S. hotel and the fourth East Coast location, including two in New York and one in Boston. The new vibrantly styled, tech-savvy hotel ascends 12 floors and has 252 guestrooms, seven societyM meeting rooms and a cloudM rooftop bar with an exterior terrace—all designed by concrete Amsterdam and furnished by Vitra


800 Maine Ave SW #650 | Washington, D.C. 20024 

For the design of the new offices for Anybill, a leading tech provider of tax payment services, DMG Interiors carried the philosophy of the brand into the design through architectural elements, including glass walls, a green living wall and custom lighting elements. The 9,000-square-foot office, located in the Wharf district, accommodates an open space plan with 55 height-adjustable working stations and nine private offices.  

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About the Author

Robert Nieminen | Chief Content Director

Robert Nieminen is the Chief Content Director of Architectural Products, BUILDINGS and i+s, sister publications of Smart Buildings Technology. He is an award-winning writer with more than 20 years of experience reporting on the architecture and design industry.

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