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First look: Rogers returns to the USA

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has completed this $71 million (£44 million) office extension in Washington – Richard Rogers’ first built project in the USA for more than 25 years

The 300 New Jersey Avenue scheme is a stand-alone 10-storey office block on the site of a former car park, which is linked to two existing steel-framed blocks built in 1935 and 1953 by Empire State Building architect Shreve Lamb and Harmon.

A new atrium and a ‘circulation tree’ sit at the heart of the development – the global headquarters for law firm Jones Day.

Just a block from the US Capitol, the 25,500m2 extension was originally two storeys higher. However, although the initial plans were approved, the proposals were lowered following objections from the US Sergeant at Arms – described by project director Ivan Harbour as ‘a sort of Prince Charles figure’.

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