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  • looks like an awfully cheap pleather couch got stitched together with a stapler

  • that is terrible. they should have renovated the original structure. so sad that we let anyone with money destroy the beautiful architecture of this neighborhood.
    original structure here: https://goo.gl/maps/gRbprdTGut12

  • Thumbs down. It’s ugly and the panels look like they don’t even fit together well.

  • Looks absolutely, positively horrible. Shameful to be honest. Thumbs way down.

  • not a fan.. =/

  • Ugly, cheap looking cell block H style and some suckers will pay big money to live there anyway. Sad.

  • looks much better in the second picture showing more of the block. i appreciate that they tried something interesting instead of another boring row house, unfortunately this one didn’t come off.

  • Live down the street and walk past this everyday. Everything looked decent until they put those ugly black panels on. There is another conversion down the street that uses similar kind of siding, but in grey and rectangular panels, that looks much better.

    Part of me thinks this would be easily remedied because those panels look like they snap into place like Legos, but I know better.

    I will say that these photos make it look even worse than in person.

  • Do the pillows on the facade serve as insulation, or are they just for fun? PILLOW FIGHT!

  • It’s a pop-up, so we’re not permitted to like it. But wait, it’s on a main thoroughfare, so maybe it’s OK. But it destroys the character of the block! And what about the fact that the building it replaces was built at least 17 years ago! Won’t someone think of the historic preservation?!?!?!

  • Awful! Not really even a question. Man this city is going to have some regret after the boom is over.

    • Agreed, and is anyone doesn’t think this is horrendous now, check it out in 5 years. Historic architecture can never be replaced.

  • Some people like to blend in through conformity. Others like to stand out from the crowd by flaunting a different look. This is a teachable moment for the toleration of diversity.

  • I’m all for being creative and breaking the “rules” of design, but this is seriously ugly and is a complete design failure.

  • There is something to be said for just going for something different than doing a bad blend job but this just wasn’t executed very well.

  • I’m thinking this is not the finished exterior?

  • Ew. Ew ew ew ew ew. It looks like Tobias Funke moved on from his Leather Daddy phase and turned his old gear into the world’s worst quilt. So so ugly.

  • What is that stuff they used instead of bricks?

    • I’ve been wondering that myself – it’s on several of the new buildings on upper 14th. Two guesses: it’s A) cheap and B) easy to work with.

      • Does anyone know the lifespan on these panels? My biggest worry is that the seams on the panels will eventually corrode and moisture will gain entry into the interior space where insulation is situated. From what I’ve seen, the developers put a layer of Tyvek between the insulation and the exterior panel. After 5 or 6 years, I think you would need an annual exterior inspection of the panel seams to ensure they are watertight.
        Pretty much every new building in DC are using these panels (example: The Shay). I guess brick veneer is even too expensive nowadays? Expect to see more of these cost cutting measures as rates rise.

  • Horrible! Absolutely no sensitivity to the surroundings, especially since DC has plenty of examples of successful contemporary fill in.

  • binpetworth

    I was unaware that Value City Furniture is now in housing development business.

  • I didn’t think it was possible, but it gives Bacon Funeral Home a run for its ugly money.

  • I generally like out the box architecture (in small doses). Something like this would get lost in and add to the chaotic mixing of structures you see in super-dense urban neighborhood in Williamsburg or the East Village. But, in DC’s less structurally dense neighborhoods these tend to stand out a lot more. In DC, this type of architecture looks more like a blemish on the leafy row house neighborhoods.

    • The difference between much of the “out the box” architecture in NYC and DC is a whole lot of money. Much of the “outside the box” construction in developing DC neighborhoods is done as some sort of a money-saving measure.

  • man, that’s fugly. The bottom part is ok, but the pleather patchwork block look is no good.

  • I didn’t completely hate it until I saw the before photo someone posted. Now I hate it. That prior building had a lot of great potential, even for a pop-up. This looks like some Ikea Swedish nightmare house. But I’m going to just assume it isn’t finished and hold for the finale.

  • Hoping it looked better in renderings… First time architect

  • Why don’t they just use shipping containers instead?

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