• JPK
    • Truxton Thomas

      I never before noticed Smokey Bear on the trashcan imploring urban wasteland residents to prevent forest fires.

      • Anon

        There’s a large poster on the bus shelter at R/NJ with a similar message – took me for a loop as well! Right on, Smokey!

        • Truxton Thomas

          Ha, I guess I haven’t noticed—pass by that bus stop every day!

  • LoganGuy

    Looks great! I like that it is not the same boring DC apartment designs you normally see. Beige bricked rectangular box.

  • G

    The curved glass makes it look like an ugly bank building that you see in the south. Terrible design- I wish some of the developers would choose architects that are more architects than engineers.

    • LoganGuy

      You can always tell when other architects post on this blog. “Mine design is better… hire me!”.

      • Anon

        I agree that it’s usually pretty simple to pick out the architects, but I’m willing to bet that G is not an architect. “It resembles some newer banks built in the south” isn’t much of an architectural critique.

      • G

        Not an architect by any stretch but know when a building is designed by some chop shop engineering firm that was the lowest bid on a project. Get what you pay for

        • LoganGuy

          Architects don’t fund projects … right?
          I would assume a lot of the design choices are made by the people holding the cash.

    • anon

      I’m no architect. this building is pretty heinous. It needed something to better transition between the connecting buildings on 14th and RI . A modern design could have been compatible but this one just completely misses the mark.

  • anonymous

    speaking of how things are turning out….That new complex on 13th and U couldn’t have picked an uglier color brick if they wanted to…They could’ve done something really exciting on the corner…. Blah

    • CE

      Well, they could have matched the puke yellow color of the Ellington, which would have been worse. IMHO. But agreed that that building seems like a massive missed opportunity.

    • Anon

      I agree with you on the color of the brick, but I disagree that they needed to do something “exciting” in that corner. The building [design] seems very dignified and should fit well within the context of what surrounds it. A well-designed “modern” glass box could have fit as well, but I’m guessing that would’ve been a lot harder (thus expensive) to get that past the HPRB.

  • ExWalbridgeGuy

    Any scuttlebutt on the retail, Prince? Is this going to be the Logan Circle Shake Shack location, or is the location of that still unconfirmed?

    • Anon

      With 100% certainty, the Rite Aid will remain.

      • ExWalbridgeGuy

        Ha, want to take wagers on whether there’s a Rite Aid in this development when it’s finished?

        • Anon

          Oh – most definitely! Large corporate client with deep corporate pockets? What’s not to like?

          • ExWalbridgeGuy

            Okay, well I’ll bet you $1000 that no Rite Aid goes in at the location of the building that’s the subject of this post :)

          • Anon

            Haha, damnit… guess I was fixating on 13/U. And here I was seriously racking my brain for reasons to NOT take that wager…

  • ExWalbridgeGuy

    Yeah, as you note, the whole neighborhood looks like this now. Maybe it doesn’t fit with the character of some nostalgized neighborhood from the past, but TBH it fits fine on the 14th street of 2016. And yay for new construction + density.

    • Rich

      Looking awful isn’t a smart choice. It’s like saying the ugly cheap version of brutalism on G Street near the White House would be complemented by building more of it.

  • anon36

    Super ugly. Can’t understand why anyone would invest millions in a building and skimp on the design.

    • Anonymous

      Because it’s risk-free profit given the location. They can skimp on the design and still charge top dollar to the renters who will fill the units.

  • Anon

    You’re totally right – this needs more jet boosters and air garages to keep up with modernity. Don’t they know we’ll all be driving flying cars in the next few years?

  • Truxton Thomas

    It’s fine, but what do I know. It’s red brick and looks nice in person. I think these six-story condoplexes always look worse in pictures, like the Holm thing on 11th and RI.

    • Toonces

      The illustrations on the weird wall at the Holm bug the crap out of me. Looks so unfinished and ugly.

      • CatieCat

        Agreed. Its been occupied like a year, right? I would be pissed if i was paying those rents and half the building looks like an unfinished art project.

  • BethPopville

    Why do all of the new buildings have those giant, floor-to-ceiling windows? Don’t people realize that folks can see right into their homes? (Hi to the guy who does Insanity every night at the new Adamo!) Also, those huge windows make it harder – and more expensive – to keep places warm/cool.

    • Thor

      My guess is it’s cheaper to have glass instead of a brick wall there and the cost of heating/cooling is passed on to the owner.

      • jim_ed

        It is far more expensive to put in curtainwall glass than brick.

    • Anon

      Large open windows give inhabitants the sense of a much larger space. Few people enjoy feeling couped in 24/7. This is a way to get folks to pay much higher prices per sqft for relatively small spaces than they would otherwise.

      • OP Anon

        Developers are using every trick in the book to get buyers and renters to forget the fact that the square footage in every new construction building is minuscule. The new condo building on Champlain in Adams Morgan just went under contract at $700K for a sub-900 sq foot two bedroom condo.

      • BethPopville

        True that few people enjoy feeling couped up, but I also wouldn’t be thrilled with outsiders being able to see *everything* in my apartment.

  • My goodness that was fast. Hopefully they add some details to the roof to make it a bit more unique and fit the hood, but I’m not holding my breath on that.

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  • CPT_Doom

    When I first moved to DC in 1989, I lived diagonally across that intersection, in a condo overlooking the old Barrel House parking lot. That Caribou Coffee was then a really dirty 7-11, and the red brick townhouse just behind was a crack den. Those were the fun days in DC! Anything is an improvement.

    • saf

      Ah, in 87 and 88, we lived at 15th and O. That’s what I remember too, and looking at all this new stuff always amazes me!

  • ***

    for f*&%’s sake DC – these new buildings just get uglier and uglier. SimCity has better architecture.

  • blue peter

    is dc cursed with an enduring lack of style? in architecture and in fashion? of course this is a generalization as there are pockets of daring architecture and the odd person on the street with a sense of style and perhaps the food scene is the one bright spot in our otherwise staid city. our local architects and planners should spend some time in portland, or, seattle or even Pitsburgh, to see what a it means to have some “style” in architecture…someone up top said it best…this building looks as though it could have been built 40 years ago…boring

    • d

      Agree that most of these new developments lack style, but I hate most of the architecture in Seattle and Portland too. Bunch of bland, cheap looking buildings with wood facades and earth tones. I’d prefer DC architects look towards Chicago or Copenhagen for inspiration, which I guess that goes to show that architecture as in most things is in the eye of the beholder.

      • KellyKapowski

        Old school Chicago architecture is great (all the buildings downtown) but the new stuff popping up in the neighborhoods is as ugly as anything we get in DC. Have you walked around Wicker Park lately? Totally ugly mish mash of new condos and old rowhouses, just like we have here. I’m not sure there’s anywhere that’s really doing it “right”.

  • Rich

    Liked the old building better. It’s an ugly building that would be a better fit for Rockville than Logan. What &pizza is to DC pizza, this is to architecture. Terrible location for residential–hope it has triple pane glass.

    • ExWalbridgeGuy

      I know you’re referring to the noise, but it’s kind of hilarious to refer to this as a “terrible location for residential.”

  • Gardener

    Meh – looks like most of the new construction in DC: generic and boring. It adds nothing to what little remains of the historic character of the neighborhood.

  • pasty pete

    pretty much agree with all the comments here – a pretty uninspiring design, which is surprising because i generally think Abdo puts up nice buildings. this looks like more of a commercial office park in tysons from the 80’s

  • Bloomy

    Reminds me of the 80-90s construction in Georgetown.

    • CatieCat

      Yes. Not one to critique architecture but this just looks bad to my untrained eye. Then again, the french hated the eiffel tower when it was erected. what do we know!?

  • Duponter

    I just hate those curved window panels. Those have never looked good even when they were the “new” thing on the gigantic box Mass Ave condos between 3rd and 5th NW ten years ago. Otherwise, what’s to judge. It really has no style whatsoever. It’s a box with windows.

  • Anon

    I’d guess that there’s a relatively small universe of people who are both creatively daring and financially capable to pull off large, expensive projects to impress the masses. That universe dwindles to almost zero in Washington DC.

  • Planner

    Hmmm. I think I’d give it a solid C+, with a potential upgrade to B- once it’s complete.

    Credit for trying to work with a very DC form – the prominent non-square corner location, marked with a turret-like shape. Extra credit for avoiding the temptation to put a little fake post-modern conical turret roof up top. The red brick is DC, though the details – blank stone trim and flat roofline – are more corporate than residential. The construction fence cuts off the view of the bottom, making it look stumpier overall than it may turn out to be when it’s completed. But the plate glass second floor windows – offices, I am guessing – are always going to look big and flat and blank. Once the street-level retail is occupied it might enliven the look a little.

    It’s a mixed use building that clearly shows the three uses included – residential on office on retail – but in a relatively small project that means there is a lot of competition for attention.

  • Linda P

    And before that it was a horrible 7-11

  • wpk_dc

    The jutting bays look odd and overbearing. However, I do like the curvature for a corner building instead of just another rectangle. But Caribou’s outdoor patio was my hangout and I really do miss it.

    • textdoc

      Agreed on the jutting bays.
      Overall, I think the building is… OK. Not particularly bad, but not particularly good, either.

  • figby

    Really brings a hideous downmarket Tyson’s vibe to that corner.


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