OTJ Architects Named Designer for New Yelp D.C. Headquarters

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Leading workplace architecture firm awarded 53,000sf project at 575 7th Street

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“We are creating identifiable sections that capture the uniqueness of the different communities that help define D.C.,” points out OTJ Managing Partner Lance Jaccard, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP. “It is an exciting project for an extraordinary organization with a distinct point of view.”

OTJ Architects has been chosen to design the Washington, D.C. offices of Yelp, which plans to bring an estimated 500 jobs to the area over the next five years. Located in the Central Business District at 575 7th Street, near the National Mall and across from The Verizon Center, the approximately 53,000-square-foot space spans two buildings. Each section of the office space is being designed to reflect the physical attributes of various neighborhoods in the city.

The two buildings have an 18-inch height difference connected by a ramp and a couple of steps. The path between the two buildings will pay homage to the National Mall and include abstract cherry blossom graphics and a floor shaded in subtle green hues; and will lead to a “brainstorming” space created for open collaboration.

The reception area will feature a custom map of D.C., using Yelp’s brand colors to highlight specific paths throughout the city.

Another section of the space will echo the diverse cultures of U Street, and include a sunken lounge that channels the cool vibe of the 9:30 Club. The “Capitol Conference Room” will be highlighted by art and wall treatments that offer a dignified nod to the seat of government. The design for the 2,000-square-foot café picks up the vitality of the Georgetown waterfront, complete with a barista bar, and will feature a custom-stenciled checker board, along with other games.

“Yelp was created to give a voice to consumers through word-of-mouth reviews of local businesses,” says OTJ Studio Director Elizabeth Long, AIA, LEED AP. “Our team is working closely with Yelp to ensure the design celebrates the values of the organization, with respect to the culture of Washington, D.C.”

The distinctive lighting concept is derived from the custom D.C. map and will be highlighted by strong illumination in the north-south thoroughfares, accented with diagonal avenues and circles. In addition, the circles of light will pinpoint designated collaborative seating areas, furnished in the style of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Other details planned for the space include custom street art murals, scarified cement floors and exposed brick with locally-sourced, reclaimed masonry in some instances. The overall theme encapsulates a raw aesthetic mirroring the vibrancy of the city.
Construction is slated to begin in early September.

About Yelp
Yelp was founded in San Francisco in 2004 to connect people with great local businesses. The company now has seven offices with the addition of D.C. and employs 4,600 people as of Q2 2017. The Yelp site and app are available in 32 countries, and Yelp users have contributed approximately 135 million cumulative reviews of almost every type of local business.

About OTJ Architects
OTJ Architects is a premier interior architecture and design firm that creates award-winning projects nationwide from its offices in Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y. For nearly 30 years, OTJ has partnered with leaders in the commercial real estate, corporate, government, and non-profit sectors to help organizations meet their human, operational and business objectives through the power of the built environment. Recent signature projects include workplaces for Accenture, Hyundai/Kia, Adobe, BMW, and United Way, as well as Innovation Centers for Booz Allen and Capital One. More information is available at http://www.otj.com.

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