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2106 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC

The imperative for resilient housing concepts has never been greater. The three challenges of unprecedented urban population growth, drastically increasing climate change impacts and the disturbing sociocultural trends of divisiveness, tribalism and social isolation, are exposing the ineptitude of traditional housing solutions. Coliving, on the other hand, has the potential to make a difference with its inherent sustainability and its self-fulfilling reliance on community in the biggest sense. 2106 Vermont Ave NW is the creation of a design prototype for urban coliving providing 9 residential units, 51 bedrooms, unit and building congregation spaces, and a retail space to link it to the neighborhood.

The main facade engages Vermont Avenue with its massing as well as the implementation of brick detailing paired with wood paneling. The fenestration is strategically placed to optimize daylighting and minimize heat gain, contributing to the energy efficiency of the units.

The project provides opportunities for the blending of indoor and outdoor space both within and beyond the coliving units. The rooftop amenity space promotes and encourages community, while the private bedroom and shared unit balconies allow for a place of solace; each contributing to the mental wellness of the occupants.

The court in the center of the building allows for additional light and air to enter the units and carves out additional space for unit balconies, affording occupants with a more secluded experience removed from the street and alley.

 

Owner: Outlier

Contractor: Harbor Builders

Photographer: Jessica Marcotte

OSLOatlas

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Atlas District, Washington, DC

OSLOatlas is the recipient of a 2017 Washingtonian Award in the multi-family category and a finalist for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2018 Real Estate Trends awards.

OSLOatlas is an urban infill project on Florida Ave NE in the growing Atlas district. The area has seen a rapid influx of young professionals in the last ten years. The development caters to this group with on-trend boutique group living. The building is an eight-unit multifamily project. Each of the eight units has five bedrooms, each with a private bath. This unique layout makes the units ideal for single professionals. The monolithic modern façade clad in manganese ironspot brick, is split down the center by a monumental entry court. The entry court design was partially driven by the need for an accessible ramp as well as the design team’s desire to provide a transition from busy Florida Avenue to the building entry. The ramp floats above a serene communal terrace located at the cellar level. The back of the structure brings vibrant color to an otherwise dull alley area. The rear façade contains a 40-foot-high, brightly colored mural by a local artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer. The building massing and stark materials create a striking and minimal design that elevates the structure from conventional new construction to a building with detailing and finishes typical of high design modernism.

Owner: Ditto Residential

Contractor: Ditto Residential

Photographer: Jessica Marcotte

Brooksrow

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Brookland, Washington, DC

Brooksrow is situated on a commercial section of 12th St NE between Franklin St and Everts St, in the heart of the Brookland neighborhood of Northeast Washington, DC.  The site, previously occupied by an abandoned auto body shop and a church, now contains 22 units in 11 row houses, all on one lot. Each building contains an upper and lower condominium unit. Units range in size from two bedrooms to three bedrooms with a private roof deck. The building’s massing and material application stagger across the site vertically and horizontally to form a dynamic façade composition and provide privacy for individual owners at outdoor spaces. The exterior material palette includes cedar siding, ironspot brick, and black metal embellishments.

Owner: Lock 7 Development

Contractor: UIP

Photographer: Jessica Marcotte

South Cathedral Mansions

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South Cathedral Mansions, Washington, DC

South Cathedral Mansions is a historic landmark in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. Prior to renovation the building contained 92 units. At project inception, the building had many large, dated and inefficient units.  The Square 134 renovation reconfigured units for improved layout efficiency and added 39 units for a new unit total 131 units.  The renovation brought all units to “Class A” standard of finish, added several amenities.  The design team worked closely with the owners to obtain both Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) approvals for the project.

In 2017, the project received the Condominium Industry Award in Excellence for the Best Washington/Baltimore Apartment Community Renovation from Delta Associates. See all of the 2017 award winners here.

Owner: CAS Reigler

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Photographer: Jessica Marcotte

Linden Flats

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Atlas District, Washington DC

Linden Court is tucked behind the iconic Atlas Theater, a landmark and active performing arts center that was built in 1938 and served as inspiration for H Street’s moniker, the Atlas District. Linden Court was originally developed as ten rowhomes, six of which were combined and converted into a commercial property in the 1940s.

From the 1960s on, 1313-1323 Linden Ct NE was home to City Auto Repair, a locally-owned-and-operated body shop. In 2015, Monarch Urban acquired the property and began plans for its redevelopment into four luxury townhomes and a mixed-use commercial building. The 3BR/3BA townhomes feature private backyards, garage parking, and sweeping views of Capitol Hill from the private roof decks. The end unit is a commercial building with two units, one of which will have a dramatic 20-foot-high ceiling in the front of the space.

2019 NAHB Best in Living Gold Winner for Multifamily Adaptive Reuse

Owner: Monarch Urban

Contractor: Monarch Urban

Photographer: Studio Trejo