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  • I like it! not another glass cube. the sections keep it from looking too squat–a problem when building in dc.

  • 100% uninspiring. height limits really do nothing except create squat like buildings. Surely something more interesting or iconic could be have been designed at least for this corner.

  • This is not that much better than the old one. I will always resent this corner because they tore down the old building right before the economic downturn, and the lot was a pile of mud for years. Oops. At least there’s something there now.

  • Even if height limits were increased in DC it shouldn’t be for anything this close to the capital & monuments.

    • Just out of curiosity, if this is too close to the monuments for you, where would you not mind eliminating the height restriction. It seems to me that this is the perfect area for it. You want taller buildings in high density areas and you can’t get much more high density than 17th and K. It’s not like the height restriction is causing as much problems out in petworth.

      • Maybe Friendship Heights, at least along Wisconsin Ave. Navy Yard would be another area. And maybe eliminating the restriction on certain areas would encourage those areas to increase density.

        • I don’t disagree with you there. Navy Yards could definitely benefit from removing the height restrictions. However, they are just as close to the mall as Farragut North. But just because some areas could increase in density does not mean that they necessarily should. In my opinion you want the downtown area to be more dense then its surrounding neighborhoods and you want that density to architecturally be reflected in its buildings. 25 story tall condo buildings will not integrate into the city fabric next to Petworth row houses very well, and will completely change the character of the neighborhood. Friendship Heights might be a different story. I don’t know the neighborhood well enough to comment on that.

        • The new office buildings that have been built in navy yard are sitting EMPTY unable to find tenants. So makes no sense to me why taller buildings would be the goal there. People don’t come to DC to stare in awe at super skyscrapers, they come for the monuments. For everything old.

  • Beats the crap out of that shack the Occupados tried to build. I like it.

  • Granted I am operating exclusively on my memory, but is it really significantly different than the building they tore down?

  • Looking at an image of the old building, it appears they have reduced the number of stories by one floor, I assume to get a slightly taller floor-to-floor height. I question whether knocking the whole structure down was necessary to gain an extra 12″ (or less) of floor height. For a building aiming for LEED Gold that seems extremely wasteful.

    The corner element seems nice, but I think it could have been a little more exuberant for such an important street corner, a “gateway to Connecticut Avenue” as they put it. The shifting facade along Conn Ave is much more interesting than what’s along the K Street–a typical example of the conservative architecture prevalent along this strip.

    • austindc

      Yes, that is weird. It’s almost as if LEED is a ridiculous scam that big developers throw money into just so they can reap the marketing benefits, while the actual buildings perform unreliably, and in some cases use more energy than comparable non-LEED builds. But of course that’s not the case. 😉

  • No way, I don’t EVER want to see the height restrictions changed. I guess I just have an appreciation for the beauty of our streets with all the natural light they receive. The last thing I’d want to see is downtown DC’s streets turning into dark, stifling concrete corridors with no view of the sky.

  • blech. rather uninspired and does not really add anything to the streetscape.

    My biggest complaint – when will the sidewalk be re-opened and the street finally restored to the full number of lanes? Getting through that bottleneck, even by bus, has been horrendous for the past 2+ years.

    I thought DC had put an end to developers taking over the sidewalk during construction?

  • Not being a smart guy here but I agree with one poster; isn’t it the same building? Pity, it says nothing.

  • I’m sorry – this is boring beyond belief. Anyone who thinks otherwise has been in DC too long.

  • Increased height limits will just result in taller buildings that look like this. Tall may not be squat, but they will still fill the building envelope to its maximum dimensions. And like this building, it would just result in existing mediocre buildings being torn down and replaced with new mediocre buldings. Sorry.

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