New Republic Office

A design project to accommodate a growing firm housed in an historic tenement building.

The 1936 Race project is a tenant improvement to an existing white-boxed, ground floor storefront in an historic building to accommodate a growing company in need of additional space for personnel.

The New Republic design team used spatial planning to maximize the reach of natural light, particularly in the main workspace, and created a semi-open floorplan that incorporates more desk space, break-out spaces, a kitchenette, bathrooms, a conference room, a wellness room, and a materials library.


Over-the-Rhine (OTR), Cincinnati OH


Completed 2021


Model Group

Retail SF


Project Tags

Mixed-Use, Office

The central space was originally a courtyard that was later enclosed when a roof was added. Skylights in the courtyard roof afforded an opportunity for natural light to penetrate interior workspaces via internal windows and transoms. 

Due to the triangular shape of the building, irregularly shaped spaces became common areas which provided an opportunity to use creative lighting configurations. 

Office “pods” that flow into each other created a semi-private workspace, promoting greater productivity while still allowing for a degree of openness to the office that encourages team member collaboration. The pods are the same size with an even distribution of desks, rather than a more traditional hierarchy of office footprints, creating a more egalitarian working environment. 

Photo Credit

Chris Von Holle

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