Ed. Note: I love stuff like this, truly. I also drink high ABV beers so there may be a bit of a correlation there. But seriously, don’t ever hesitate to email me at [email protected] with your finds. Thanks to Tom Hershenson for sending and explaining these great details.
Just wanted to share three recently spotted examples of the unusual (and even whimsical) in DC masonry bonds:
“Roman” bond on Biltmore St. NW — note how, on one row (a “course”) of brick, the horizontal lines between the bricks, rather than intersecting with the middle of the bricks of the courses immediately above and below, intersect the bricks above/below at a third of a way along the brick. Also, look how much longer these bricks are compared to red ones:
“English Cross” bond on Ordway St. NW — while most of the courses are bricks laid end-to-end (so-called stretchers) to form a “running” bond, notice how the second course from the top alternates a stretcher then a header (a brick turned 90 degrees from the stretcher orientation, so that its end faces out). That sequence occurs again at the 8th course from the top…and again in the (somewhat obscured) 14th row. All the headers in all the courses should line up vertically; alas only the 2nd and 8th rows do, with the 14th slightly misaligned: (more…)
All renderings courtesy Events DC by by Design Architect OMA
From a press release:
“Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, presented initial concepts for exterior streetscape plans at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to the community on Thursday evening. The concepts will reactivate the exterior perimeter of the 2.3 million square foot Convention Center and better connect the building to the surrounding Shaw neighborhood. The Project Team is led by Design Architect OMA, working together with BBB (Executive Architect), OLIN (Landscape Architect) and Dharam (Cost Consultant).
Ed. Note: Is GCDC (Grilled Cheese) coming to the Convention Center?!?!
The streetscape plans will transform the façade of the Convention Center through lighting, signage, canopies and furniture, as well as activate and enrich the sidewalks and enhance the exterior streetscape along 9th, N and 7th Street. Not only will the proposed plans provide added value to Convention Center clients and their attendees, but the project will create a greater sense of place for the revitalized Shaw community. (more…)
23rd and M St, NW
I think the incorporation of Engine No 1’s fire station is pretty freaking amazing. You guys? Like the project’s architecture overall?
385 Water Street, SE
“From the team behind Brooklyn Winery, District Winery will produce small batch artisanal wines on site. This new space will also offer a restaurant featuring refined cuisine and a full service private event venue ideal for elegant weddings, corporate gatherings, and other celebrations. Coming 2017 to The Yards.”
View from Yards Park:
Back in 2015:
11th and Euclid St, NW
I’m hoping this house goes for sale when the renovations are completed so we can get a virtual tour up there! Like the way it’s turning out?
Check out the garage after the jump. (more…)
18th and Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Was under scaffolding for so long I forgot just how beautiful it was.
The jealousy I feel whenever I pass this deck is excruciating. I mean, I’m happy for the owners and all but there’s just so much envy. Then I feel bad about coveting it. Anyway, beautiful beautiful deck.
Rendering of 1700 Rhode Island Ave, NE via DC Department of General Services
I thought your readers might find the BZA submission for the Ward 5 family homeless shelter to be of interest. They are requesting multiple zoning exceptions including height, loading zone, and parking. Not sure where the other shelters’ plans are in their process, but if the board approves this, it could set the tone for zoning leniency with the other shelters’ plans. Needless to say, several neighbors are very unhappy with the exceptions. Can’t we build a shelter that contributes to the character of a neighborhood instead of being a monstrous eyesore?”
2000 Florida Avenue, NW rendering courtesy American Geophysical Union
From a press release:
“The American Geophysical Union (AGU) today announced formal approval from its Board of Directors to undertake a $41.7 million complete renovation of its 62,000-square-foot headquarters building, located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. AGU is aspiring to be the first organization in the District of Columbia to renovate an existing commercial building to achieve net zero goals.
AGU is an organization dedicated to advancing science and ensuring a sustainable future. Recognizing that the aging building and infrastructure would require a major renovation after 20 years of service, AGU seized upon an opportunity to lead by example. In addition to creating a welcoming and collaborative space for its members and the D.C. community that would facilitate the understanding of Earth and space science, the organization chose to design and engineer the modernization of the building to meet net zero goals. In so doing, AGU will be able to showcase real-world scientific advancement through innovative sustainable technology. The project is expected to be a model for reducing the carbon and environmental impacts of business operations in a cost-effective and replicable way. (more…)