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DC Boogie-Woogie in Washington, D.C. by Suzane Reatig Architecture
January 18th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Suzane Reatig Architecture
The tight site, located across from the Mt. Vernon Square metro, originally housed six apartments for the elderly. The not-for-profit client wanted to replace the dilapidated building with a new three-story apartment building with an elevator. Before construction began, the owner found suitable replacement housing for the elderly tenants, and decided to offer the units to all. The change in program was an opportunity for the addition of mezzanines to the upper three units.
Six one-bedroom units occupy the first two floors while the third floor contains three one-bedroom units with mezzanines and outdoor terraces. All units contain spacious living areas with large wrapping windows from floor to ceiling, providing ample natural light, two or three exposures, and cross-ventilation.
The use of brightly colored metal panels highlights the eccentricity of the surrounding neighborhood and energizes the street. In a neighborhood with mostly dark brick facades, DC Boogie Woogie’s color brings pride and cheerfulness to the community.
Type of Construction
The structure is masonry with steel joists and eifs exterior. The windows are Pella wood with aluminum cladding. The exterior lighting consists of Bega light fixtures.
Short Description of Architect
Suzane Reatig, FAIA, is an award-winning Washington D.C.-based architect. For the past 12 years she has been extensively involved in the transformation of the Shaw neighborhood. In 1993, she was recognized for her design for the Metropolitan Community Church, a building that has come to have deep meaning for the Shaw community. DC Boogie-Woogieis another example of quality modern housing that is changing the Washington D.C. cityscape.
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