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  • Ditto project, right?

  • binpetworth

    Thumbs neutral? I see nothing offensive about this style of architecture, but nothing memorable that would make me want to live there. This particular design sensibility seems to be very common among a lot of the new condo conversions in my area that I wonder if years from now it will be a cliche–oh, that’s so 20-teens.

    • agreed.

    • Mostly agreed. Thumbs slightly down because of the asymmetrical way the windows are laid out on the back and side of the house.
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      I give them credit for using brick, even though it’s probably just brick facing. That’s more than most new buildings/additions do these days

    • I don’t get the huge floor to ceiling windows on the below grade/first floor condos. This style looks great now – when people aren’t living in them. But those windows will be 75% (or more) covered as soon as there is someone living there.
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      There’s also new condos at 11th and T (or 12th) – at the corner. The building looks more like storefronts than anything and the layouts look horrible inside (living rooms are tiny and in the ‘storefront’ window. It looks like you’d live in a Macy’s Christmas window 365 days a year.

  • Thumbs up. It’s modern but not too out there.

  • It’s fine. Neither great nor terrible.

  • Those yipster panels will need to be replaced in 5 years. Makes it easy for crooks to identify where the money is located.

  • You blind, Pop. Fugly.

  • I personally like all the windows.
    If this is a Ditto project, I admire their tight, compact design, but think their pricing is outrageous. I checked out their new condos on 11th or 12th/T and was shocked at how small the $1.1m condo was inside.

  • It’s fine if you want to live in a fish bowl…

  • I Dont Get It

    I’m sure I’m in the minority but I think those wooden panels look like boarded-up windows.

    • I was just about to say the same thing! I’m no fancy architect, but I don’t understand what they were trying to do there. Perhaps it’s an homage to the ’68 riots?

      • They are trying to bring some “organic” warmth to an otherwise cold building. I like them in theory, but they seem to be poorly positioned in this project. It’s clear that Ditto went for the same general look as 5/Q, but that project seems much better proportioned than this one. (Though I don’t find this remotely offensive either.)

    • Yeah, that was my first though at well.

    • Also agree with the boarded up window comment. I think it looks fine on the front, but the ones on the side and in the back look like they decided not to spend anymore money on windows. If I owned one of these units, I’d just rather have a larger window & more natural light (except for the bottom floor maybe, but the fishbowl thing has also been discussed here).

      • Agreed – it looks obviously cheap – something you’d think one would wish to avoid if they seek to get $800+ per sqft.

  • I think these are better suited somewhere like Navy Yard where they’re surrounded by newer architecture. Between 100 year old rowhouses they stick out like a sore thumb. I mean it looks silly next to that beautiful red brick house. I used to pass one every day where I used to live by U St and while I didn’t mind the look of it overall, it was jarring in the middle of a neighborhood that has a very different vibe. Also as someone else mentioned, from the sidewalk during the day I was literally able to see the owners sitting in their kitchen eating cereal. Total fishbowl

  • Not a fan of the fishbowl windows. I like large windows but ones that can actually open and bring in some fresh air and a breeze. It felt so odd when I had to specify to my real estate agent that a deal breaker for me was windows that actually open.

  • Assuming this is Ditto, I noticed at their 4th and P project today they are starting to install the horizontal wood siding along the back of that project and I thought it looked nice. Better than this. I don’t mind the wood panels here, but would probably have stained them a darker color or put in synthetic ones so that they don’t look terrible in a year.

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