Above the Fold
Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
Build the Best Story
Few workplaces are as hectic as newsrooms, even for a prestigious newspaper like The Washington Post. Advances in technology and new workplace strategies heighten the challenge, as writers and editors work side by side with videographers, photo editors and web designers. The Post worked with noted architect Gensler to improve flexibility, accountability, and transparency in its open-plan offices with reconfigurable furnishings and a new conference area behind an operable glass wall with a load-bearing column intruding on the meeting space. While acoustical performance was not a key issue, the journalists needed multiple points of ingress through swinging or sliding openings.
Gensler worked with NanaWall to design a custom HSW60 operable glass wall that could be hung from a tracking system concealed in the ceiling plane. The design team at NanaWall helped customize the cornerless glass enclosure and its tracking system so it could seamlessly navigate around the large column. Using a design animation, NanaWall showed how the elimination of floor tracks would keep the space open and connected to the collaborative work environment -- and how the sliding glass panels could easily navigate the intruding column by means of a track junction.
NanaWall’s cornerless system is sleekly modern, effective and also easy to operate. Users move the glass panels one at a time into a dedicated closet, automatically tracking around the column. With the suspension track is hidden in the ceiling, the HSW60 delivers the clean lines and effortless foot traffic desired by Gensler and The Washington Post. The HSW60 also allowed for strategically placing three swing doors, including double doors, exactly where needed to meet ADA and code requirements -- and to enhance the flow of people, information and news.