• Anonymous

    But, but, what IS it?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I live near it, and don’t get it either.

  • sbc

    I bet it’s Suzane Reatig. She has a lot of stuff in the area and it all looks the same.

    • NorthShawNeighbor

      yeah, like a bad backsplash pattern Tetris nightmare

      • That Man A

        that mess is terible

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s fantastic. To each, his own.

  • Anonymous

    it’s a public project… easy to look up… http://nebw.org/611-groundbreaking/

  • Anonymous

    I am thinking there is a distinct lack of fur!

  • ejs

    Ugh. Small windows. Loud colors. This is going to look outdated yesterday.

  • anon

    Well there’s a level of ugly you just don’t see every day.
    Unless you’re one of the poor bastards who lives nearby.

  • crin

    It’s like an insane combination between a jail and a patched up circus tent.

    • etcetera

      +1 for “patched up circus tent”

  • mvexplorer

    Sad part is that these pictures actually make it look way better than it does in person.

  • Anonymous

    I mean…I know a lot of us bemoan the fact that there is very little architectural diversity as far as newer buildings in the District…but I don’t think this is what anyone had in mind.

  • Anonymous

    UGLY!!! UGLY!!! UGLY!!! UGLY!!!

  • katemc

    The main difference being that this doesn’t look like it was designed by a fourth-grader. I just saw a new Reatig going up on 10th Street, which broke my heart. That’s one of the prettiest stretches, and she is bound to build an eyesore.

  • Anonymous

    Still a cube.

  • Duponter

    Well, can people stop complaining about the conversion of the Union Mission on 14th Street to Condos and claiming we move the needy out of our neighborhoods. Clearly, we don’t. We build them really horrifyingly unappealing boxes to live in over in Shaw.

  • fz

    When I saw the first photo I thought that it might look better once it’s finished. Then I saw the last photo with the sign and realized that it is going to stay horrible.

  • jc

    I walk past this building everyday and amazed at how hideous it is. The side windows are of different sizes and the spacing of them is uneven. I don’t understand how anyone could approve this design!

  • bb

    Colored panels seem to be all the rage these days. The green ones on the O St market complex are also fairly hideous.

  • Pete

    What is this, Mondrianist?!

  • Dan

    i hope they set aside a hefty budget for tall trees and dense landscaping.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      +1. And I agree with jc on this: “The side windows are of different sizes and the spacing of them is uneven. I don’t understand how anyone could approve this design!”

  • Anonymous

    This looks like Dresden before the Berlin Wall came down.

  • Anonymous

    It’s definitely going to look dated 20 years from now, but I’m kind of impressed that the District has made the effort to make a homeless shelter not look like total shit for a change.


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