Visionary Architecture, Exemplary Management

Columbia Square is one of Washington, D.C.’s truly exceptional downtown office buildings. The trophy building has been specifically designed to complement the surrounding city’s awe-inspiring architecture, while providing tenants with distinctive, richly amenitized spaces to call their own.

Architectural Design

Completed in 1987 and designed by master architect Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Columbia Square reflects the legacy of this storied design firm in every detail — from the expertly imagined, light-maximizing layout to the intricate character of the building’s traditional materials, classic proportions and geometric detailing. From the stunning façade to detailed sconces, refined touches can be found throughout the property.

Across the building façade, two naturally occurring American granites — one rose, one light gray — are patterned to create rich texture and geometry. Windows of dual-pane gray glass are clustered in bays, establishing a subtle interplay of light and shadow. The top two floors are dramatically recessed, which creates a row of two-story pilasters that complement the colonnade at street level. Architectural accents, an ornamental balustrade and a four-story granite entrance present a strong first impression. Combined, these elements are infused with the grandeur of the past and the vitality of the present.


Columbia Square is owned by Hines and Munich Re Group. The property is managed in partnership with Hines and MEAG, Munich Re Group’s asset manager. MEAG stands for best practice asset management for Munich Re and ERGO. MEAG has representations in Europe, Asia and North America and also offers its extensive know-how to institutional investors and private clients from outside the Munich Re Group. MEAG currently manages assets valued at approximately $300 billion.

Hines and Munich Re Group take a long-term ownership approach, working in tandem with the on-site Hines property management and engineering management teams to deliver an exceptional experience for tenants and visitors alike.