600,000 GSF, 55740 M2
Historic architecture adds myriad values to otherwise contemporary living. SmithGroupJJR's challenge for this project required settling complex zoning rules to build a 10-story residential tower in an emerging neighborhood among notable edifices from the early 20th century. The solution presents the modern Washington, D.C. urbanite with the best of both worlds.
Terrell Place retains the classic façade of a 1924 terracotta landmark building and replicates a 1910 bank storefront. The new tower merges with circa-1900 Victorian townhouses, suggesting a growth of glass panes materializing from behind the terracotta façade. Within, the tenant finds sleek and dramatic lobbies that add a strong sense of arrival, leading to loft-style units featuring vaulted ceilings, generous windows, and open plans with kitchens exposed to living areas.
But the sympathetic additions are what truly marry the historic with the contemporary. For example, the precast concrete and double-height windows echo the landmark’s elegant proportions, and a curved metal cornice recalls the Islamic arches. Similarly, the loft tower's aluminum colonettes evoke old cast-iron detailing.