Nestled between two buildings the irregular shaped site that would become 1700 New York Avenue NW for years sat like a missing puzzle piece waiting for the right player to add the final piece. The site received various plans that called for the modification or demolishing sections of adjacent buildings with none ever moving forward. SmithGroup was able to solve this puzzle by creating a solution that would allow to build seamlessly into the irregularly shaped site.
The unconventional shape of the site was the main factor in the building’s clever design. It needed to fit around the neighboring Corcoran Gallery but a solution was needed for the floors that soared above the Gallery’s roof.
DC’s style has always erred on the conservative side, however, the city is slowly starting to welcome a bolder more contemporary design, straying away from the forms of the Federal Court, and drawing from a more dynamic and responsive set of guidelines. 1700 New York Avenue represents this architectural evolution.