• maxwell smart

    I love it! It’s such a refreshing change for the usual boring glass boxes and faux-historical garbage that all new DC construction usually is. Would like to see more of this!

    • Anon

      I dig the staggered box design, but couldn’t they have added just a little visual interest to the top box? I also don’t quite understand why they didn’t put in any windows on the lookers left, street-facing side of the middle “squash” box. The blocked band looks really off when facing a busy street. (I realize that it would’ve been much more difficult to work-in some windows without killing the overall design, but still.)

      • Jay

        Yeah, I like the bottom part, but the top box seems a little off… maybe that’s because it’s narrower than seems necessary, maybe it’s because the windows are irregular (it looks like there are three separate types of floorplans over the five floors?), maybe because, on its own, it is remarkably boring, especially in contrast to the rest of the building? It feels like the sheer face needs to be broken up with a few balconies… or perhaps like the top box should have been askew somehow, maybe at a 45 degree angle to the street, that would have made it better… or at least more distinctive?

        • Anon

          “maybe because, on its own, it is remarkably boring”
          I think that’s the case. I actually like that it’s a wee bit too narrow to add a little visual dissonance.

  • L

    This is well done. I dig it.

  • anon

    No one will ever call it beautiful.

  • navyard

    If they had shaped the top box like an Ark, I would have fallen in love with it.

    As it is now though, I really like the novel approach. and the first two sections are fantastic.

  • andy2

    Love it – and a wonderful use of space.

  • Drew

    I work near here, and it’s nice to see some interesting new architecture; about a block down (23rd & L?) there’s another new interesting building going on (it looks residential and has all these “jut-outs” with little balconies/roof gardens. Reminds me of an ant farm for some reason). So much of downtown DC is dreadfully boring. Sure, the height limit is part of it — maximizing FAR — but I’ve heard designers and planners talk about how even edgy architecture firms come to DC and build boring buildings.

  • textdoc

    I like the bottom floor. And maybe even the floor above it.
    But I don’t like the top part with the irregularly spaced windows. I wouldn’t like it by itself, and I like it even less slapped incongruously on top of the rest of the building.

  • I have been eagerly anticipating the opening of this squash facility. I moved to DC 10 years ago from NYC, where squash courts were ubiquitous. Although they Y and the JCC had courts, they were poorly maintained and always booked, and I didn’t want to have to join the Met Club or University Club just to play on decent courts. I hope Squash on Fire will serve as a home facility for community programs that allow for introducing low-income youth to the sport while providing academic tutoring and mentoring. Chicago has a great program called Metro Squash (http://www.metrosquash.org/program/what-we-do) and NYC has Street Squash (http://streetsquash.org/harlem/), both of which are great initiatives.

    • Danielle

      There’s a similar program called Squashbusters in DC. More info is here: http://squashbusters.org/ I think they may already be working with Squash on Fire. Also looking forward to more squash facilities in DC!

      • Anon

        Good to know, Danielle. Thanks. I didn’t realize SquashBusters had made it to DC.

  • Franny

    I wonder how long before the people who move in start complaining about loud fire truck sirens 24/7?

    I can’t imagine how anyone could get any sleep living above a firestation.

    • Anonymous

      Fire station had already been there for decades. They just replaced the facility.

    • iwdc

      I had this same thought, but people pay a lot to live in the Ritz residences across the street. Is it really that much better to live across from a fire station than above? (One can only hope the developer sprung for above-average sound insulation.)

  • dc arch

    Not a single “eye on the street” at the ground level, worst on M but not great on 23rd either; lower budget detailing won’t hold up well over time. But hey, at least all the lay people aren’t BORED by it!


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