Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’

Concrete Details: La Casa in Columbia Heights Is a Rare Aesthetic and Policy Success

The best building that’s gone up in the District in recent months isn’t a swish law office or a deluxe condo tower.

Top D.C. Architect: City Skyline Is Boring, and It’s Not Our Fault

Casual observers of D.C. development would be forgiven for thinking that every new big building in the city is statutorily required to be designed by Eric Colbert or Shalom Baranes. The two architects, along with a small handful of others, to a lesser extent, seem to be behind just about every project in the city's booming corridors. And to the [...]

Here’s How the Redesigned Martin Luther King Jr. Library Could Look

The D.C. Public Library released proposals Friday by the three teams officials selected in December to present ideas for redesigning the system's flagship downtown Martin Luther King Jr. Library—but exactly how involved the renovations would be is still unknown.
All three groups—Mecanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture; Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck + Sexton; and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon [...]

Metro Wins Award for Enduring Architectural Excellence

You might not know it amid the dim lights, the out-of-service escalators, and the egg crate-like concrete encasing you, but as you wait for your Metro train, you're standing inside an architectural gem.
So decreed the American Institute of Architects, which just bestowed upon D.C.'s Metro system the 25 Year Award for architecture, reports Architect magazine.
The award [...]

JBG Continues to Inflict Outsiders on D.C. Architecture

Well, JBG has gone and done it again: Brought in somebody who's never before worked in Washington to design residential buildings on its Atlantic Plumbing sites at 8th and V Street NW. That would be Morris Adjmi, who's accustomed to New York City and California. Despite stepping outside the familiar cast of characters, it's not [...]

Ginnie Cooper Lands Bing Thom For New Woodridge Library

Get on your feet and sing hallelujah, the crazy library plans are back! After taking a breather from her building blitz, D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper has brought on borderline starchitect Bing Thom—he of the swoopy Arena Stage—to design a new Woodridge Library. The existing services will be moved to a temporary location while a new building [...]

Wait, Have I Seen That Building Before?

Copycat architecture is a familiar thing in the District, especially in times of such rapid development as these—a cupola or a window pattern will show up in several new buildings at once, either because one firm is designing lots of things around town, or because they pick up on a feature that was successful somewhere [...]

Flip It, Florida Avenue Edition

If you've walked by the massive ice warehouse on Florida Avenue just east of North Capitol Street recently, and saw the "for sale" sign on it, you might've thought again? B&B Realty Investments just bought it a year ago, after all, promising a new residential building. Did they decide it just wasn't worth the trouble?
Well, [...]

Sorg-y Design for Proposed Housing Project on North Capitol

Not all affordable housing developers pay attention to interesting architecture, but it looks like those proposing a 121-unit project on North Capitol and K Street NE are a little more ambitious than usual.
Be the Change Development Corporation and Community Solutions, which has an exclusive rights agreement for a the D.C.-owned parcel next to St. Phillips Church, [...]

Historic Review Board Member to JBG Architect: Go Back to Seattle

Last Thursday was the first day on the job for seven out of nine Historic Preservation Review Board members, and several of them wasted no time asserting their authority. In particular, they expressed concern over the size and modernity of developer JBG's plan for the empty lots on the south side of Florida Avenue between [...]