2106 Vermont Ave

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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

The Corey

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Atlas District, Washington, DC

In 2013, on the border between DC’s Trinidad neighborhood and the H Street NE Atlas District, the small strip of commercial space at the corner of Florida Ave NE and Orren St NE was abandoned and dilapidated. Today, the Corey brings new life to the corner and the neighborhood. The 40,000 SF, five-story mixed-use building contains 49 residential units and one retail space. Taking cues from the historic Atlas Performing Arts Center’s art deco design, the Corey combines historic art deco and modern design in its massing and material selection. The bold curved corner façade is clad with horizontal metal panel. The metal panels along with the sleek, steel canopy result in a streamlined modern finish. The building is divided into two masses which provide transition from the residential scale of the Trinidad neighborhood to the commercial scale of the vibrant and growing Atlas District. The two masses are differentiated by their use of material and separated by an entry court. A 30 foot tall sign further delineates the entry court that stitches together the two building masses and provides light to the building corridors and lobby. It is also the first project to be certified under the District of Columbia’s International Green Construction Code.

Owner: Lock 7 Development

Contractor: Eichberg Construction

Photographers: Studio Trejo (Interiors) / Jessica Marcotte (Exteriors)