Silver Spring, Maryland
580,000 GSF, 53900 M2
Architecture, Lighting Design
Helping to revitalize and redevelop the Washington, D.C. suburb of Silver Spring, the Discovery Communications new headquarters link to a transit center and the general civic life of its neighborhood. Built on a former brownfield site and showcasing a cutting-edge work culture, the facility brings new activity to the area by day—and especially by night.
A unique lighting concept developed by SmithGroupJJR reflects the client's corporate culture as much as the architecture does. After dusk, high-intensity LED arrays in vibrant colors animate the metallic-colored steel panel facades, as well as a metal-mesh-covered stair tower, accenting the curvature and layered forms. A long, antenna-like post calls attention to the artful illumination scheme, making it a glowing and mysterious emblem the building's significance.
Inside, floor-mounted LED panels and strips wash the walls and ceilings, adding energy-efficient, low-maintenance color without filters. DMX preprogrammed controls change the colors and intensity for the interior, while a specialized control system slowly transitions the exterior sources between five different lighting scenes.