“The Lydian, a 324-unit luxury apartment building at 400 K Street, NW”

The Lydian Corner

From a press release:

“Quadrangle Development Corporation and The Wilkes Company have started construction on The Lydian, a 324-unit luxury apartment building at 400 K Street, NW in the heart of Mount Vernon Triangle and adjacent to another Quadrangle/Wilkes K Street apartment development, Lyric 440K. The Lydian will be the Quadrangle/Wilkes development team’s seventh building in its two million square foot, mixed-use Mount Vernon Place community. The first floor of The Lydian will have 13,410 square feet of shop and restaurant spaces, featuring 14-foot finished ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows fronting the wide, handsomely landscaped sidewalks of K Street.

Designed by Davis, Carter, Scott, The Lydian’s contemporary architecture will create a dramatic statement at the corner of 4th & K Streets, NW, including its own version of The Lyric’s prismatic “fin”. Apartments at The Lydian will include 26 studios, 220 one-bedroom, 26 one-bedroom/den and 52 two-bedroom units on 14 floors.

Amenities include:

· Spacious lobby with 24-hour front desk service and gathering areas

· Roof-top resort-style pool and spa

· Cyber café with bar-height tables and free wifi

· Roof-top grilling stations, arbor, seating areas and herb garden

· Roof-top club room with panoramic views, fully equipped chef’s kitchen, bar area, fireplace, pool table, flat screen televisions, and large dining area with folding glass panels for private events

· Second floor secluded tranquility garden, seating areas, water feature and outdoor fireplace

· Large fitness center with high tech cardio and weight-training equipment

· Pet washing and grooming areas

· Gated access to underground garage parking, large bicycle repair and storage room

Apartment features include:

· Floor-to-ceiling windows and abundant natural light

· Ceramic wood-patterned flooring in kitchen and living areas

· Gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, stone countertops, porcelain backsplashes and custom cabinetry including wine racks

· Fully-tiled baths with stone-topped vanities and glass-enclosed showers

· Full-size washer/dryers

· Many apartments with balconies

· Pet friendly”

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  • Not only are they not adding any new greenspace, their artistic renderings eliminate all of the existing greenspaces as well.

    • What existing greenspace? This is currently a surface parking lot

    • What are you talking about? These is no “greenspace” this is a huge ugly parking lot and has been for years.

      • There’s 3-4 areas of fenced-off garden for rainwater collection in front of and adjacent to the Lyric building that are not present in this picture. Furthermore, according to the artist rendition it doesn’t look like they will be adding any to their space either.

  • And no section 8 requirement? Hmmm.

  • A mish mash of architectural styles that looks awful. I guess it’s an attempt to emulate a block of different buildings.

  • Maybe we should just accept that this is what DC architecture is. This looks like every other apartment/condo building in that general area. And I don’t love or hate it. It just is what it is. And what it is beats a parking lot.

    Honestly the most innovative/interesting architecture I have seen in any recent residences built in DC is that building going up at North Capitol and K that is I think being built for veterans? It’s taking forever, but it looks really cool to me. Beyond that, everything in DC looks the same. And so, this plan above, is very appropriately DC.

    • Those are the Conway Residences (name for future reference). It really is taking forever (I live in NoMa so I see it everyday), but I agree. It’s a love it or hate it sort of design (at least from the North Capitol side I love it, the rear of it is plain and ugly and boring grey brick). I have a feeling the neighborhood dictates design approval, but I’d think Mt. Vernon Sq. could use a little more variety.

  • Oooooh. Free wifi, in 2016.

    Most of those apartment features have been standard for non-luxury dwelling for quite some time.
    The real question is whether the construction material will be luxury, or is this another disposable apartment building that won’t last more than 20 years.

  • Alba Osteria and Ottoman Taverna could triple their outdoor seating if the sidewalks on 4th were really as wide as they’re shown in that rendering.

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