Developers are reviving the site of the shuttered Artisphere in Rosslyn as a shared workplace.
The real estate firm Monday Properties, which owns the building, said in a news release that it is partnering with workspace provider Regus to turn the former cultural hub into 45,000 square feet of “co-working space” targeting technology workers.
The firm promised “flexible, open layouts with an abundance of collaborative work space.”
Artisphere closed last summer after Arlington County cut off financial support. Members of the County Board said the money-losing center had failed to attract enough visitors and donors to become self-sufficient after five years of government subsidies.
The building also housed the Newseum before it moved to the District in 2008.
Now, 1101 Wilson Boulevard is due for upgrades, including new windows with better views of the Potomac River and the District and expanded terraces.
Monday Properties said that it will work with Regus to make renovations over the next year, but that it doesn’t have an opening date.
The marketing of flexible and shared buildings, instead of distinct housing and office units, is catching on in popularity in the Washington area. In Arlington, vacant office buildings have been finding new lives as shared workplaces.
“Co-working is becoming increasingly popular with millennials and those who prefer a more flexible workspace,” Tim Helmig, president and chief operating officer of Monday Properties, said in the news release.
Michael Berretta, a Regus executive, said his global company took an immediate interest in the Rosslyn site because there was “absolutely nothing like this space in the greater D.C. metro area.”
Before it closed, Artisphere exhibited works by Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol and offered events space. It failed to come close to meeting its goals of attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.