International Finance Corporation Headquarters
International Finance Corporation Headquarters
World Bank Group

International Finance Corporation Headquarters

World Bank Group

Response to Traditional Washington

At the time the headquarters of the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation was designed, local commercial architecture followed the conservative traditions of monumental Washington. MGA&D provided a fresh  approach to classical organization by subdividing the major facades into pavilions pulled forward from the main body of the building and articulating them with a variety of window types to break down the scale of their 600-foot length. This increased opportunities to plan corner offices within the large floorplates typical in DC.

Public Spaces for Employees and Visitors

Accessible from the secure glass-fronted lobby, a central skylit atrium is a focal point for employees and visitors. Extending the full height of the building, it also mitigates the change in grade between Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street. MGA&D provided layouts for the typical office floors and was responsible for the interiors of the shared employee facilities including the conference and training center, multi-purpose auditorium, library, cafeteria and dining rooms and credit union. In a later phase, MGA&D designed a retail store facing Pennsylvania Avenue.

Zoning and Re-Positioning

The original project at 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue involved the successful re-zoning of the site for a large speculative office building for high-end law offices. A collapse in market conditions led the developer to sell the building to the World Bank Group. MGA&D assisted the real estate brokers in re-positioning the building. We provided horizontal and vertical test-fits within the approved building envelope to prove that the building would be suitable for the IFC’s program.

Project Details

Project Market(s):


Project Service(s):

Architectural Design

Interior Design

Professional Credits:

Associate Architect – Vlastimil Koubek


Washington, DC


1.1 Million SF

Completion Date:

1997 Office Building

2005 Retail Store

Project Lead(s):

Thomas P. Rowe, AIA


Sustainability Certificate – LEED Platinum EBOM

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