PROJECT 1800 K Street NW
LOCATION Washington, District of Columbia, United States
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE 9/15/2016
ARCHITECT Stantec Architecture
OWNER/CLIENT Deutsche Asset Management
CONTRACTOR / CONSTRUCTION MANAGER Forrester Construction
PHOTOGRAPHER Mary Parker
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM Richard Wolf, Franck Le Bousse, Sara Trigo, Christopher Pilla, Sean MacManus, Dick Brown
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
1800 K Street NW, is a 220,000 square foot, 11-story office building located in downtown Washington DC. Originally constructed in 1969, the owner wanted to renovate the outdated property in order to compete with Class A and Trophy office buildings along the prominent K Street corridor. Located at the intersection of 18th Street and K Street NW, the building lacked significant street presence, a distinct main building entrance, and modern amenities being offered at top tier properties on the market. Working within the owner’s budget, the design team developed several solutions that would ultimately modernize the building and upgrade it to a trophy-class asset.
The extensive project encompassed the replacement of the existing concrete façade with a new floor-to-ceiling glass curtainwall, new ADA-accessible main building lobby, upgraded mechanical systems, and new tenant building amenities to include a state-of-the-art fitness center and expansive roof terrace. The new frameless glass façade provides uninterrupted views and access to natural daylight for tenants while improving overall energy efficiency. A new digital art banner runs the length of the building, projecting whimsical art and serves as prominent signage for retail tenants. At street level, physical barriers and retaining walls were removed to improve pedestrian access. Clad in a stone mix of travertine and limestone, steps and ramps blend together and further enhance the building’s street presence.
The warm stone palette carries through from the exterior into the main lobby, drawing tenants into a bright, open, and welcoming space. A video wall featuring contemporary graphics complement the elegant interior that combines the use of Venetian plastered walls, colored glass, a basalt-finished bench, and other timeless materials. The elevator lobby and elevator cabs complement the design by continuing the subtle palette on every floor.
On the lower level, the generously sized fitness center is furnished with state-of-the-art fitness equipment providing an uncompromised level of fitness customization. A meeting room to discuss fitness with your trainer and a dedicated yoga and stretching area completes the space. The contemporary shower facilities are located behind a travertine-clad wall that runs the entire length of the fitness center. Two oversized stone mosaics assembled over a six-month period by Italian artisan, Matteo Randi, ornate the stone wall only interrupted by bottled water, fresh towels, and coffee offered on shelves and niches.
Further improving views and amenities for tenants, an expansive new 6,000 SF roof terrace provides tenants with a reprieve from the typical office environment. With generous views of the monument, the terrace offers tenants a variety of seating options for informal meetings, lounging, and social events. Ipe wood decking, integrated modular planters, and the surrounding green roof create a natural setting.
With improved street presence, a modern aesthetic, and state-of-the-art building amenities, 1800 K Street is an example of a dramatic repositioning of a major office building to create a true Trophy class experience in the heart of Washington, DC’s business district.
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IMAGE 1 1800 K Street_high res ext.jpg, 1800 K Street, © 2017 Mary Parker Photography
IMAGE 2 1800 K Street_high res int.jpg, 1800 K Street - Main Lobby, © 2017 Mary Parker Photography
IMAGE 3 1800 K Street 1.jpg, 1800 K Street - New Building Entry, © 2017 Mary Parker Photography
IMAGE 4 1800 K Street 2.jpg, 1800 K Street, © 2017 Mary Parker Photography
IMAGE 5 1800 K Street 3.jpg, 1800 K Street - Main Lobby, © 2017 Mary Parker Photography
IMAGE 6 1800 K Street 4.jpg, 1800 K Street - Elevator Lobby, © 2017 Mary Parker Photography
IMAGE 7 1800 K Street 5.jpg, 1800 K Street - Fitness Center, © 2017 Mary Parker Photography
IMAGE 8 1800 K Street 6.jpg, 1800 K Street - Roof Terrace, © 2017 Mary Parker Photography