America Media, a Catholic news organization growing from a 100 year old print weekly to a multimedia news organization asked Marvel Architects to provide them with a new home that supported their new work culture, while still respecting their history. A workspace that merged the collaborative process for print and electronic publishing became the underlying goal of the project.
In line with the organization’s mission, the materials and finishes that make up the space speak to the austere and humble character of the Jesuits. Natural wood, exposed raw concrete, and soft and neutral textiles are the main drivers of the design.
The heart of the project is the Newsroom, a hybrid space that speaks to both traditional and new media. Aesthetically, it is reminiscent of the newsrooms of the past, with a wide open and collective feel. Functionally, however, it is fully equipped with the latest state of the art technology. The space is perfect for impromptu meetings, pinups, and to showcase their work.
Private offices open into the newsroom for a seamless working flow, and all other spaces circulate around it, allowing natural light to pour in and full access to the views of the city.
Along with a new office space the project required creating a new shared living space for 12 Jesuits in a nearby building. Individual living spaces were kept very compact but complemented with generous shares spaces on a floor of dining and living spaces as well as a roof terrace.