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Atlas District, Washington DC

Mixed-use building with one retail space and six boutique one bedroom apartments.

Owner: Monarch Urban

Contractor: Monarch Urban

Photographer: Studio Trejo

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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

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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)

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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

2021 AIA|DC & Washingtonian Multifamily Residential Award

Owner: Monarch Urban

Contractor: Monarch Urban

Photographer: Studio Trejo

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Atlas District, Washington DC

Since construction, the original two-story storefront was home to various retailers, including a furniture store, a shoe repair shop, and a barber shop. The store storefront was vacant from 2012 – 2015. Our redevelopment of the historic building, following purchase by new ownership, included a two-story retail space with two residential units above. The residential space brings in a new material and is set back ten feet to respect the existing façade while still complementing it.

The residential portion includes a one-bedroom, one-bath unit with a rear balcony and large terrace and a two-bedroom, 2-bath unit with front and rear balconies, and a large private roof area with views of Union Station, the Washington Monument, and the US Capitol. The two-story retail space features a dramatic 20-foot-high ceiling, a loft area with private deck, and a full basement.

Owner: Monarch Urban

Contractor: Monarch Urban

Photographers: Jessica Marcotte, HomeVisit

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Atlas District, Washington DC

1115 H Street, NE is a 16 unit mixed-use condominium/retail project along the rapidly developing H Street, NE corridor. The design reinterprets the industrial typology of warehouse buildings once prevalent along the H Street corridor. H Street NE was one of the early business districts in the District of Columbia and home to the first Sears and Roebuck store in Washington. During the 1968 riots the neighborhood experienced severe damage and a period of decline. Construction was completed in 2016 and 1115 H Street NE was certified LEED Platinum in the District of Columbia.

Owner: Wall Development

Contractor: Hamel Builders