Judging Buildings


I’ve gone on record as not being a huge fan of glass buildings but I found this one to be quite unique. This is located at 20th and K Streets, NW (and there are tons of glass buildings going up on K Street). What makes this one interesting, to me, is the angled piece of glass in the front. I know it’s not completely finished yet but would you give it a thumbs up or down?

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  • i work right across the street and i saw this a while back on what’s it’s supposed to look like when it’s completed:

  • I like the glass buildings. Huge upgrades over the 60’s/70’s/80’s stuff that was there before. It adds some modernity and variety to downtown.

  • Thumbs up. I believe this is the one that has taken a unique approach to the re-cladding game, in that they don’t appear to be entirely removing the old enclosure, but merely enveloping it in another facade. It would seem this would be a moisture problem. I’m curious to see how it works out.

    The whole new facade thing is such an interesting phenomenon. It is happening only in DC. In any other market their is either no demand for updated facades, or the facades are so tall that kicking out all the tenants for several years to reclad the building (most of which is too far away from the human eye to notice any change) that it is unprofitable so the landlord is stuck with it. On the other hand, few cities have so much horrible brutalist and post-modern disasters as DC.

  • not telling, it is not actually a new facade, this is an entirely new building.

    I think the one you are thinking of is a little farther down K on 19th, the building with the B of A and bookstore. That is unique and what I hae found interesting is some offices in it have removed the old facade from teh inside while others have left it on.

  • Actually, it is an entirely new construction. The former structure here was torn down, and this building was built from the ground up.

    I do, however, agree that the new facade trend is quite interesting. I personally think it makes buildings look significantly more attractive.

  • As a tenant of the previous building at this location, I will say it’s a definite upgrade. The old building was the shortest on K Street at the time of its demolition. That said, I miss the old building, b/c my job was relocated to a building in SW . . . I miss K Street!

  • Oh right, I’ve got my buildings mixed up. Now I remember….

    this is the Helmut Jahn “Limited Edition”. I guess that’s one way of putting spin on the fact that you’ve screwed up so many buildings you’ve practically been run out of town in your local market!

  • Hey, that’s my firm’s new building. It’s also the first (or close to the first?) LEED Silver certified office building in the city. (Cue the argument over how tearing down a building is more unenvironmental than the LEED rating makes up for.) Anyhow, I like the design a lot, even if I hate that they’re planning on moving me out of my private office and into a cube when we move in this fall, ugh.

  • I kind of miss the old building that was on that corner, with the big chunky silver window frames.

    These glass buildings look nice during the day but at night when the lights are on they look kind of messy when you see furniture, boxes, computer cables and assorted clutter through the windows.

  • PoP,

    I generally agree with you re: glass buildings, but the front of that 10th & Mass building (Cato Institute?) is pretty f’in awesome. Not sure how I feel about this one, but I’ll wait and see…

  • Thumbs down. They used non-union glass workers to build that monstroscity.

  • It’s the Crimson Permanent Assurance building! Part II.

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