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The Ovation at Park Crest
McLean, VA

Hartman Design Group is Interior Design firm renovating the amenity space of this multifamily development managed by Bozzuto Management Company.

Completed in 2014, it is undergoing a renovation to upgrade the resident experience in the indoor and outdoor amenity / common areas and to enhance residents’ social experience. We are re-conceptualizing space usage in all amenity areas and working with Alexis Krug Architecture (AKA) and BALA engineering as the MEP consultant and are using a phased construction approach to minimize disruption on the residents.

Ovation at Park Crest combines upscale amenities with premiere home features to bring residents unparalleled comfort. Located just steps from Harris Teeter, Starbucks, and the Silver Line Metro, it is in a convenient area.

The design will incorporate a strong connection to the outdoors as illustrated by the mood board below.

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1111 20th Street
Washington, D.C.

Located at the corner of 20th Street and Connecticut Avenue, NW, this building is an adaption from the former Peace Corps Headquarters to a residential apartment building.

It will provide a home for savvy residents who desire urban living and access to high-end retail, restaurants and employment options. Located a few blocks south of Dupont Circle, the location is highly walkable, teaming with vibrant culture, and in close proximity to the Metro. With approximately 13,000 square feet of amenity space, the building will feature resort-style living in an urban center and HDG is here for it.

The 185,000-square-foot former office building is planned to offer a Class A experience in about 160 residential units, mixed between one-and two-bedroom units. Lucky residents will enjoy a luxury experience, complete with rooftop patio, gym and ground-floor retail. The building was actually the first project Willco developed in the 1960s – by the current Chairman’s grandfather.

Take a look at the concept boards for an idea of what we envision.

Owner / Developer:  Willco

Architect: PGN Architects

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VERSO Founders Row
Falls Church, VA

This boutique senior living building is designed to provide a high-end residential experience that promotes social interaction and pride of place for 55+ residents.

Sophisticated and gracious, the interior design combines materials and features that meld traditional motifs with current design trends. Focused on dignified and independent living, the amenity spaces were conceived to be an extension of the apartment home in a way that brings residents together for conversation, movie watching, book clubs, and dinner parties.

Modera Founders Row
Falls Church, VA

Founders Row Apartments is built atop a historic Revolutionary War crossroads. Paying tribute to the period, the interior design marries the best of the past with soothing, yet stylish, contemporary design. Using a palette of blues, burgundy and neutrals, the space is accentuated by carefully curated art that reflects history in a playful way.

Modera Founders Row features dramatic interiors, centered around a custom, sculptural staircase, leading from the lobby to a coworking lounge on the mezzanine level. Vintage and custom seating with bookcases chocked full of delightful objects of art create an ambiance full of creative refuge and delightful surprises.

Exciting, lively, and full of fun, the multiple amenities serve as a threshold between remote work, rest, and play. Harmoniously stitching elements of history together, Modera Founders Row Apartments reveals a romantic sentiment that reawakens the nostalgic side within us.

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Carlyle Crossing – Reese Tower Model
Alexandria, VA

Carlyle Crossing – Reese Tower – Attractive multi-family interior design
Alexandria, VA

Reese Tower is designed to appeal to a career-oriented renter who values curated comfort, livable design and abundant amenities including specialized remote workspaces, a “Ted Talk” studio, active social common areas, a cafe and a fitness center.

Intended for the technological residents at the peak of their careers who appreciate the benefits of living in a multi-family building, this project called for visually appealing amenity space interior design of such spaces as sound-insolated podcast rooms and a conference room in the lobby mezzanine, a café with work booths and a “Ted Talk Studio” for presentations, group learning opportunities and communal on-screen entertainment events.

Reese Tower is one of three buildings within the 930,000 SF of mixed-use development that makes up Carlyle Crossing. The 161-unit multi-family apartment tower boasts an impressive luxury amenity package. HDG took on this project and created an attractive interior design program to invoke happiness, and wellness, build community and pamper residents in grand ways and through small details.

The interior design in this multi-family structure works with the architectural design so spaces are filled with light, greenery, and authentic, sustainable finishes. A bubbling water feature and fireplace greet residents, making a connection to nature that flows through the common spaces.

Other attractive multi-family interior considerations designed to appeal to tenants include co-working spaces, soundproof podcast studios, conference rooms, a fitness center, a demonstration kitchen, and a rooftop pool with outdoor grilling and dining spaces. The rooftop also has an indoor-outdoor bar area with a fireplace, outdoor lounge areas, and views of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

For more on this or any of our other projects, or to explore possible future collaborations, contact us today.

Learn more about Reese Tower and Carlyle Crossings.

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The Chase at Bryant Street
Washington, DC

Named for Salmon P. Chase, an abolitionist and life-long public servant, The Chase at Bryant Street is designed for the dreamer and the doer, for the person who loves to explore the world as well as their hometown, who craves the comfort of home as well as their active urban surroundings.  Located in the heart of the close-knit Edgewood community, the property is infused with local art, engaging spaces, community, and culture.

Collaborating with the developer MRP, SK & I Architecture, CBG Construction and local artists, the HDG team created a memorable ambiance that lives up to the spirit of the Edgewood community.  The design was a shared vision embraced by all.

Unpretentiously chic, the most miraculous part of the interior tends to be the moments of surprise.  The round hanging fireplace, ceiling mounted swings, bold color, and greenery hanging from light fixtures, together, add a downright cheeky charm to the industrial background of exposed concrete and black steel details.

The interior is simultaneously generous and intimate.  Maximizing natural light and establishing a sense of spaciousness, the open plan layout delineates the work/play zones using see-through shelving and screening elements.  Supporting the “work from anywhere” trend, peaked roof, glass house, individual work pods provide residents their own personal “office away from office”.  Bohemian and modern, this new multi-family community has formed a close relationship with its historic and established Edgewood neighbor.

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Hartman Design Group was honored to design the amenity interiors of the Harlow, and even before developers Urban Atlantic and Brookfield Properties cut the ribbon on their 179-unit “Harlow” affordable-housing apartment building near Nationals Park, it was 95% leased.

Harlow has a total of 179 apartments, of which 36 are public housing units. Amenities in the new construction structure include seating areas, a club lounge complete with a communal kitchen, foosball and shuffleboard tables, and more.

In its interior design efforts, Hartman Design Group chose a neutral color palette with punches of color. It is both calming and sophisticated. The walls are painted in shades of white and gray, while the floors are made of hardwood or polished concrete. The furniture is similarly understated, with clean lines and simple shapes that allow the space to speak for itself.

Another standout feature of The Harlow’s interior design is the attention to detail. From the carefully curated artwork on the walls to the lighting fixtures, every aspect of the space has been thoughtfully considered to create a cohesive and harmonious whole. The result is a space that’s both stylish and functional.

To make way for the new construction, old buildings were demolished. The developers worked with the D.C. Housing Authority to include public housing units, replacing those lost through the demolition. Funded in part through D.C. Housing Production Trust Fund financing and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, the apartments offer great amenities to its affordable and market-rate residents even as it serves as an example of what a local public-private partnership can do.

To learn more about Hartman Design Group’s affordable-housing interior design experience and ethos, contact us today.

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The Enclave at Potomac Club
Woodbridge, VA

Partnered with Mesirow Financial and Bozzuto Management Company, HDG created a new brand at the Enclave at Potomac Club. The new identity captures the spirit of a “chic farmhouse” through the use of light and bright natural materials. Located in a gated community in Woodbridge, VA, this multi-family property offers residents 10,000 SF of interior amenities including a lobby with a new vaulted ceiling, multiple co-working pods, a clubroom, sports bar, fitness, and yoga studio.

The design language flows throughout, creating a connection to nature that is cohesive, warm, fresh, and inviting. The project is visually layered. With a conscious effort to use materials that denote nature, the warm tones of wood, woven finishes, and linen intermingle with cool tones of white and gray to create a sense of wellness and sophistication.

Collaboration and transparency are built into the interior. Wherever structure allowed walls were removed to create an open flow of movement and vision. Pops of blue and cognac, pendant lights, and woven materials add a naturalistic feeling that works in contrast to the glass and contemporary design elements.

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Flats 8300
Bethesda, MD

Flats 8300, built by Donohoe Construction, developed by StonebridgeCarras, and managed by Bozzuto Management Company, have the aesthetic of a five-star boutique hotel but with the comforts of home. Hartman Design Group successfully created a tranquil oasis for residents of this new high-rise, located in bustling downtown Bethesda, through the use of a warm, soothing color palette and natural finishes.

Every finish and fixture in Flats 8300 was hand-selected to create a sanctuary from the hurry and the noise of the city.  Each of the multiple common areas is filled with touches inspired by nature.  From the natural stone and wood floor and wall finishes to the leather and rattan furniture pieces, the interior spaces are warm and inviting. Against the neutral backdrop of browns, creams, and grays, regional art pieces, tasteful light fixtures, and decorative accessories add splashes of color. Sleek metallic finishes provide contrast to the rustic textures throughout.

Even the contours of the interior spaces beckon residents to come in and relax. The broad arc of the concierge desk leads residents inside where a water feature wall, capped by dark stone pillars, soothes with its movement and serene sounds. Specially-designed curved gray porcelain tiles flow elegantly from the lobby to the rest of the common areas.  Comfortable, rounded furniture, and cozy seating arrangements promote leisure and get-togethers. Dual-sided glass fireplaces create gathering places for residents to socialize or to just put their feet up and unwind.  Downtime in downtown Bethesda never looked so good.

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One University
Fairfax, VA

There’s a new affordable housing development coming to life in Fairfax, Virginia in 2024 and Hartman Design Group is thrilled to be designing the amenity spaces within!

Situated across from George Mason University, One University is the redevelopment of Robinson Square, an aging public housing community owned by Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). It was demolished and is new construction on the site.

The new development will include 120 multifamily apartments, 120 senior independent living apartments, 333 student housing units and it will also include meeting space for the FCRHA.

Both the senior and family portions are projected to be completed by summer of 2024.

HDG designed amenity spaces will include market-rate level designed spaces including lobbies, club room, leasing office, mail room, dog wash, laundry, outdoor spaces and more.

Hartman Design Group works in all categories from Luxury to market rate to affordable and since we’ve been in business more than 35 years (with countless repeat customers), we are able to work within set budgets and time frames. Have an affordable housing project you are developing? Consider reaching out to us to explore how we might work together.

Below are inspiration images reflecting some of the design ideas we’re pulling together. Stay tuned for the reveal in 2024!

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St. Elmo
Bethesda, MD

New 22-story mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Bethesda.  The building will have four levels of below grade parking, ground floor retail, and 21 levels of Class A Luxury apartments and modern amenities.

The project also includes an updated promenade connecting St. Elmo and Fairmont avenues.

Remy Phase II
New Carrollton, MD

The HDG team is honored to have provided interior design services for this multi-family building in the Harkins District in Prince Georges County. A neighbor to Remy I; Remy Phase II will have its own amenities, including a social co-working lobby, a sunny living room, a clubroom/game room, fitness and yoga, and a co-working lounge – all surrounding the expansive courtyard. Providing a healthy connection to the outdoors, a four-season lounge opens to a roof deck, and a transit café is the place to stop for a cup of coffee before hopping on the train. Both buildings have immediate access to the Marc Train and Amtrak for commuters heading north or south to DC.

Pentagon Centre -The Milton
Pentagon City, VA

Just a short walk from Amazon’s planned National Landing headquarters and in close proximity to The Pentagon, Downtown DC, and Reagan National Airport, The Milton connects the tree-lined streets of South Arlington to vibrant Pentagon City shopping and dining. It is designed around connection and restoration, around neighborhood strolls, small-town service and resort-style amenities.

Phase II of Kimco’s Pentagon Centre, The Milton, is the second multifamily residential building to adorn this site and will begin occupancy in mid-2023. Located directly above the Pentagon City Metro Station, 16,000 square feet of new retail joins 329,000-square-feet of existing prime retail in this mixed-use community.

When designing The Milton, an 11-story, 253-unit residential tower, Hartman Design Group’s interior design team looked to the community, its resident base and energized urban lifestyle as inspiration. A distinctively playful yet sophisticated vibe, the design captures the neighborhood by connecting with the busy streetscape. From the lobby’s fireplace lounge to the three-sided glass box architecture that inhabits the coworking hospitality lounge, every element of the interior is designed to initiate social interaction. Weaving original art throughout the interior and exterior spaces was a design focus from the start of the project. Working closely with the Kimco team, HDG planned for and curated each piece of art on the property.

Capturing light with full height windows, the penthouse floor comprises a large fitness center, yoga room and a clubroom. The clubroom, designed as the ultimate social experience, is a sun-filled space anchored by the tones and textures of nature and made vibrant by an unexpected palette of colorful accents.

Blurring the lines between the indoors and outdoors, there are two fourth floor courtyards. Conceived to be a remote work area, one terrace features a glass box, indoor conference room and multiple powered outdoor work spaces. The second terrace provides a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

On the roof deck, play is top bill. Adding joy and fun through nature, color and materiality, the expansive roof deck is designed for every social activity that one could dream up. Lifestyle elements include a full outdoor kitchen, multiple intimate niches to grill and dine, relax, watch TV, play games, exercise, fire pits to gather around and large pool too cool off on hot summer days. Sustainable and climate conscious, the roof has many green spaces and lush plantings including a vegetable garden free for the picking and potting tables for those residents that love to get their hands in the soil.

Let’s not forget our furry friends. The resort style pet spa elevates the experience for humans and pets alike.

Beyond Phase II, Kimco has also secured entitlements for future phases which would result in a fully developed site to include 346,000 square feet of retail; 705,000 square feet of office space; and a 200-room hotel in addition to the 693 residential units, which would combine to bring the total project size to nearly two million square feet.

Pentagon 20 Centre: The Milton Apartments
Developer: Kimco Realty
Interior Design: Hartman Design Group
Architect of Record: WDG Architecture
Management and Construction: Bozzuto

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Meridian on First
Washington, D.C.

Located in DC’s bustling Ballpark District, just steps away from the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro Station, Meridian on First is located in one of the District’s most dynamic, walkable neighborhoods. Inspiration for the project began by examining the area, its history, and its evolution. Focusing on younger renters, the design team crafted each space to foster social engagement while providing intimate nooks that offer residents a space of their own.

The common areas are designed to provide a myriad of touch down opportunities, complete with outlets for charging. The sunny lobby and roof deck level both feature a backdrop of light woods, textures, and neutral tones accentuated with bold colors. Art is a significant focus throughout. The curated assortment of playful artwork punctuates corridors and lobbies alike while paying homage to the historic Navy Yard. 

Created for the “Live-Work-Play” lifestyle, this urban domicile includes multiple coworking and hangout opportunities from the main lobby to the coworking mezzanine. On the roof level, colorful work pods provide private concentration havens, along with an array of seating opportunities on the roof deck. Stadium seating adds volume to the lobby and creates an impactful and functional Work-Play area for residents who crave a social environment, yet prefer not to interact. All told, the project features light-filled spaces from the lobby to the rooftop, where the fitness center, with a yoga and spin room, is designed to connect the outdoors both visually and materially.

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Coulter Avenue Apartments at Suburban Square
Ardmore, PA

Suburban Square is a beautiful lifestyle center situated in the heart of the Main Line where dense demographics and high incomes combine.

Modera Clarendon
Ballston, VA

Located in a quaint neighborhood in the heart of Arlington, Virginia’s vibrant Clarendon community, Modera Clarendon is the latest addition to this original urban village. Surrounded by a mix of upscale businesses including mom-and-pop shops, buzzy coffee houses, and hip restaurants, Hartman Design Group was thrilled to be selected by Mill Creek Residential to provide interior design services for this seven-story, 270-unit pet-friendly multifamily building.

Conceived to have visual connection from the fun and lively streetscape to the apartment’s private courtyard, biophilic patterns are purposely placed throughout the interior to enhance the connection to nature. The building is amenity-rich, with a focus on health, pets, social and physical activity. The fitness center, bike room, bike maintenance shop, coworking, and a fully appointed pet spa take pride of place at the front of the building where those passing by can enjoy the activity within. The clubroom, game room, and work pods connect to the courtyard with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing vistas of the outdoors from every point.
Woven into the open indoor and outdoor amenities are multiple areas to remote work, play, socialize, or find a cozy place to relax alone while enjoying community activity. With clustered social spaces for grilling, sunbathing, work and play, the courtyard is an intimate urban garden that can be viewed from the amenities and resident apartment homes.

Filled with a bespoke collection of whimsical lighting, murals, furnishings, and custom art pieces, Modera Clarendon settles naturally into this artsy, urban community. Expect the unexpected.

Owner/Construction/Management: Mill Creek Residential
Architect: LaBella Associates
Interior Design: Hartman Design Group, Inc.

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444 Maple
Vienna, Virginia

Hekemian and Company is developing a 150 unit apartment building in the heart of downtown Vienna.

Ranked in the top 100 places to live in America, the township of Vienna, Virginia, is nestled just 17 miles west of Washington, DC. Having partnered on many successful projects, Hekemian and HDG again came together on 444 Maple Avenue. When designing interiors, we believe in telling a story, and Vienna has a rich one.  Ever-evolving from colonial days to its current modern landscape, Vienna has retained its village ambiance.  Viewing this project with a local perspective, a unique and authentic story evolved.

Hekemian is developing a mixed-use community (Retail and Residential) on the corner of Maple and Nutley in Vienna, VA.  In addition to highly ranked public schools, its assets include a downtown with many small businesses. The metro is located just south of the town, and a portion of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park hiker/biker trail cuts through the center of the city. Vienna has a rich history going back to the 18th century, which provides an opportunity to create a sense of place in the residential building

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Alexandria, VA

With meticulous consideration to detail, the HDG design team strove for community connection in every aspect of the interior design.  Driven by imagination and collaboration, the opportunity to tell the Alexandria story and meld it with contemporary comfort in this condominium community was foremost in our senses.  The story begins with the history of the place and the building location on the site of the historical bottling plant.  With the Torpedo Factory Art Center just down the street and the nearness of the bike trail, the team had the perfect opportunity to bring art, history, nature, and craft together in one unique multi-family experience.

Working closely with the Carr City Centers and McWilliams Ballard marketing team, the HDG designers collaborated to create a curated interior design experience for the owners.



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BLVD Ansel
Rockville, MD

In the heart of Rockville Town Center and one block from Rockville Metro, BLVD Ansel completes the town center landscape. Surrounded by restaurants and shops, this walkable community has a comforting neighborhood vibe. Designed to be an urban oasis, BLVD Ansel Apartments is named for the photographer, Ansel Adams, the environmentalist who used his photography to promote conservation of wilderness areas.

Featuring woods, woven products, stone, fabrics, and art elements that reflect the colors and textures found in nature, the interior design pays tribute to the critical importance of environmental protection and the human health benefits that occur when we connect to our natural surroundings. Highly refined, the interiors resist formality, seamlessly weaving tactile organic forms with bold, expressive gestures.

Intending to create an interactive environment that encourages collaborative work, social gatherings, and a sense of wellbeing, the design team scattered flexible spaces for work and play throughout the property. Dedicated amenities include a heads-down work lounge with individual “Zoom” rooms, a 12’communal table and multiple open work pods. The expansive club and game room with stairs that lead to a roof deck is a grand space for events with intimate nooks for those that prefer time alone. An expansive fitness center and yoga room overlook the pool and terrace.

Despite its views that extend as far as Maryland’s Sugarloaf Mountain, the interior takes an inward-looking, nurturing approach. The result is a remarkable building that provides a residential retreat in this urban neighborhood.

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Residences on the Lane – Rockville
Rockville, MD

Our philosophy: Affordable housing works when it provides more than just a place to live. It is an investment in the long-term health of its residents. A beautiful place to live fosters a sense of pride that is stabilizing.

Affordable multifamily apartments should seamlessly fit into the neighborhood by design as in the case of this ten-story building has 74 one-bedroom apartments and 37 efficiencies and is age restricted to those 62 and up. This was a public-private partnership with the City of Rockville Housing Opportunities Commission.

Our approach comes from The following beliefs we hold:

  • Affordable multifamily buildings that look, feel, and live like market-rate apartments promote a sense of place, access, attention to detail and comfort.
  • The connection to nature is affordable – There are many ways to reach the shared goal of a committment to the health benefits derived from biophilic design.
  • Through design excellence, we create engaging, healthy, energy-efficient, beautiful, comfortable, low-maintenance environments.
  • Solutions take shape when caring professionals partner for the good of all.

We were honored to design the amenity spaces of this property.

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Carlyle Crossing – The Easton
Alexandria, VA

HDG was honored to be selected as the interior designer of the amenity spaces and model unit of The Easton at Carlyle Crossing multifamily development project by Stonebridge.

Situated in Alexandria, Virginia’s rapidly growing Carlyle and Eisenhower Valley area, the Carlyle Crossing development is a large-scale mixed-use project consisting of nearly 1 million GSF across 5-plus acres. It has contributed to the transformation of the region and to its vibrant future! Very much a development designed to enhance the lives of those who live there through convenient retail offerings, greenspace, and close proximity to work and commuter options, Carlyle Crossing is anchored by a Wegmans grocery store. Home to two large federal agencies, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the National Science Foundation, this burgeoning area of Alexandria is convenient to the Blue and Yellow lines of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system, served by the Eisenhower Avenue and King Street Metro stations.

One of three residential multifamily buildings conjoined by a lush outdoor plaza surrounded by several restaurants and retail shops and more expansive outdoor greens and recreational areas, the Easton represents Carlyle Crossing’s highest-end, boutique living apartment building. The aesthetic is a delicious mix of historic details juxtaposed by glamourous European grandeur. Rich color gradients of blue, magenta, purple, and mauve are accented by black and white. Expect the unexpected – like a water feature connecting the entry vestibule with the lobby overlook, a coffee and wine bar in the stately coworking area, sharing conversation spaces with work pods, and an intimate library nook. Arriving at the roof level, the views of Alexandria greet each visitor and resident.

Other amenities include a Pet Spa, fitness center, yoga studio, and rooftop lounge with a two-sided bar, conversational custom seating, and multiple intimate reading and conversation nooks that create a space perfect for entertaining. A pivoting garage door opens to the sprawling rooftop deck to create an authentic indoor/ outdoor experience.

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The Octagon
New York, NY

Roosevelt Island is a community located in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. Widely associated with its namesake, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the island has a deep history. Today, preservation efforts seek to maintain the island’s historic landmarks for future generations. Originally built in 1834 as the NYC mental health hospital, The Octagon is one of those landmarks.

After suffering two fires in 1955 and again in 1982, in 2006, the structure was restored and adapted to a multi-family property. It’s second restoration began in 2014 when Bozzuto Management and BentallGreenOak teamed with Hartman Design Group to transform this residential community into a modern, highly amenitized haven for NYC residents.

By beginning the project with intensive research, branding, and a collaborative strategy phase, the design team built a unique, authentic story of the property. While adding an alluring modern twist to the amenities and common areas, the concept was to embrace the historic architecture and story of the island.

Connecting the distinctive exterior building material with the interiors, the original stone block walls were exposed to the interior spaces wherever possible, and the remaining historical elements such as the large entry doors in the new clubroom became a nod-to-the-past focal point in a modern space. With its dramatic spiral staircase, the renovated lobby design is a backdrop to the original five-story octagon geometry. Taking an “out of the box” approach to historic renovation, the palette of white, black, teal, and magenta are grounded by soft neutrals and warm woods.

Throughout the common areas, active and social spaces emanate a sense of community and create an engaged resident culture. Every nook and cranny are designed to provide an opportunity for the residents to find their personal space to workout, work, play, and socialize.

With an active art community and historical society on the island, a public gallery within the lobby highlighting local artists and historic photos connects The Octagon with the community at large.

Overlooking the East River and Manhattan, this unique property is blessed with expansive green space that includes a pool, outdoor amenities, and a community garden. Recognizing the therapeutic health properties that come from a connection between nature and the built environment, the HDG design team used Biophilic features throughout the interior. Natural textures, authentic materials, and botanicals create a sanctuary for residents within a bustling urban environment.

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Meridian at Mount Vernon Building II
Washington, D.C.

Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle Apartments highlights the renaissance that the Mount Vernon area of DC has been experiencing. With close proximity to Metro as well as a vibrant urban scene, this revitalized area attracts professionals of all ages. Paradigm Companies charged HDG with crafting sustainable, memorable interior spaces that fuel social activity and appeal to Gen X and Gen Y professionals.

Entering into a bright, spacious and socially active lobby, there is an immediate visual connection with New York Avenue and the hospitality lounge. Adjacent to the lobby and perfectly located for people watching, the residents enjoy a fresh-ground cup of coffee, watch the news and hang out in this cozy space. Upon arriving at the roof deck, residents will be able to experience breathtaking vistas of Washington DC. Featuring multiple seating and gathering spaces, this outdoor deck will be a hub of activity morning to night.

In a unique way, the hand-picked art plays a special role in bringing the interiors to life. Vibrant colored contemporary art creates a dramatic effect while strategically located and curated paintings reflect Washington, DC; the neighborhoods, the lifestyle, the sense of community at the Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle Apartments.

Awards Won

2015 GALA Merit for Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family New Construction, Amenity Space and/or Common Areas
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West Broad Residences
Falls Church, VA

Creating a lifestyle brand, Rushmark Development partnered with HDG to design West Broad Residences, a 286-unit multi-family apartment community located in the City of Falls Church, VA. In this well established, walkable neighborhood, the Hartman Design Group team was inspired by Falls Church’s local culture-the history, the neighborhoods, the farmers market, the restaurants, and shops.

Telling the local story, spring green and red accents were selected to accent warm woods and a neutral palette as a subtle connection to the farmers market and the Harris Teeter grocery store.

West Broad Residences exudes quality. The interior and exterior spaces are about authenticity in natural materials and a high level of execution.  Curated original art and sculpture can be found throughout the property. Photos of vintage Falls Church in wall graphics create a delightful connection to times gone by and artfully crafted light fixtures act as permanent centerpieces in the lobby, lounge, and clubroom.

Contemporary, sophisticated, and comfortable, each indoor and outdoor space invites residents to relax and work, either alone or in groups. Responding to the mindset of today’s renter by choice, the amenities are designed to be approachable, intimate rooms that create resident engagement.

Awards Won

2016 NAIOP DC Winner for Best Mixed Use Single Building in Northern Virginia
2016 GALA Winner for Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family New Construction High-Rise
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Parc Meridian
Alexandria, VA

Paradigm Companies selected Hartman Design Group to create a unique, yet timeless design, for Parc Meridian, a 505-unit mixed-use community located in Alexandria, Virginia. In the heart of the Carlyle area, the design concept was to create a natural haven in this urban center. Overlooking a pond and garden that is a draw for native wildlife, the interior spaces settle into the landscape through the use of neutral textures.

The expansive lobby, with its full height windows, blurs the indoors with the outdoors and the woodsy palette of rich browns, soft gray and spring green invoke serenity and sophistication. Unique, hand-crafted elements, such as tree branch and leaf-inspired glass light sculptures are strategically placed to define the many intimate and functional spaces. The lobby is designed to be a social experience for residents and guests. Powered work and communal tables, lounge seating for singles or groups, and rocking chairs overlook the pond to create a compelling environment for work and play.

When it comes to elements of nature, more is more. Throughout the building, residents experience the outdoors in many ways. Custom carpet in the corridors was inspired by aerial views of farmland. With views of the city on one side and an expansive roof deck on the other, the clubroom features reclaimed wood and recycled materials that invoke resort living in this LEED Silver-certified residence.

Awards Won

2017 Delta Associates Best Washington/Baltimore High Rise


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The Core
Silverspring, MD

Developers Foulger-Pratt and Willco approached HDG to design the public spaces at Core, a 292-unit apartment building in downtown Silver Spring. Our mandate was to veer away from recent trends toward dark-stained woods and moody interiors, instead of focusing on a fresh, lighter feel that would also connect with nature.

We chose a palette of goldenrod and burgundy to pop from the neutral background that incorporates organic materials such as stone and wood. Standout details include a colonnade of birch logs lining the elevator lobby; carved panels in the mailroom whose cutouts resemble the cells of a leaf; and a wall mural in the fitness area that depicts the rocky side of a mountain.

We designed the common areas to be multi-functional gathering spaces, which was especially important here, where square footage was at a premium. There are opportunities everywhere for individual pursuits—high-backed settees keep phone conversations private—or for work meetings around open tables or banquettes. Upstairs in the clubroom, residents can watch a movie in comfy lounge chairs; play pool, or mingle at the bar. We compensated for the unattractive “storefront” windows surrounding the space with more organic detail: The millworkers used lumber to create a sculptural grid across the glass that preserved the light and the view but distracted from the windows themselves. With the vibrant Georgia Avenue streetscape outside and an energetic, nature-inspired design within, “Core” is an entirely apt moniker for this new apartment building.

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The Vine
Laurel, MD

The design premise of The Vine came from Buch Construction, the developers of this 283-unit apartment complex in Laurel, Maryland. The Buch family had owned this land and used it as their homestead, family farm, and private vineyard before converting it into this casual-modern multi-family community.

Our designers embraced the site’s history with rustic farm and vineyard references, such as reclaimed barn wood accents, custom lighting made from wine barrels and bottles, and warm leather and plaid upholstery. The lobby retains an airy modernism with broad open spaces divided with metallic-screens and a double-sided glass fireplace that anchors two seating areas in the lobby. The main level features the most up-to-date amenities, such as a powered bar table that borders a high-backed sofa in one of the TV areas, private co-working booths, a large conference room, and an open marketing space that’s shared with residents.

The outdoor areas play to the Vine’s country setting: Nestled behind a thick border of trees, multiple seating and dining areas with pops of color surround a large pool that includes a watery lounging deck, while grill stations allow for poolside meals. Inside, a state-of-the-art fitness area faces the pool deck through a wall of windows, and the bar next door is convenient for indoor-outdoor flow.

Every space at The Vine exudes a sophisticated, modern feel that’s grounded with family-farm ambiance, windmill accessories in the lobby, for example; Windsor chairs in a model unit; and folksy artwork combined with abstract works on the walls. Our favorite is a painting by Prescott that hangs over a custom wood and metal console in the conference room, depicting three country women striding across a field. To us, that vision speaks to the Buch family, who made this project possible.

Awards Won

2019 GALA Best Interior Merchandising, Free-Standing Club House
2019 GALA Best Design and Architecture, Free-Standing Club House
2018 Delta Associates Best Washington/Baltimore Low-Rise Interior Design Apartment Community


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The Bartlett
Arlington, VA

Developed by JBG SMITH, The Bartlett is Arlington’s largest apartment building. At 23 stories tall with 699 apartment homes, this community is designed to be a “city within a city.” From the entry-level to the roof deck, residents enjoy 40,000 square feet of amenities (26,000 inside and 14,000 outside). A private resident door from the lobby to Whole Foods on one side and a coffee shop on the other make it possible for residents to live, socialize, work and shop without having to leave their apartment community.

The team (JBG SMITH, HDG, Torti Gallas Partners and Studio 39) worked closely to design amenities that would enhance the lives of this Pentagon City resident including multiple live-work spaces; a 4000 square foot fitness center; a 3500 square foot conference/business center; a sports bar; and an expansive rooftop club/deck space with the best views in Washington, DC.

Carefully detailed interior architecture; custom light fixtures and whimsical features (such as a column turned sculpture) make each visual experience memorable. With visual interest at every vista, the result is a sophisticated interior that is also inviting and intimate. Contemporary design blends naturally with vintage and mid-century modern. Stone, steel natural walnut, brick and reclaimed lumber provide texture and richness. The palette chosen is timeless neutrals energized by pops of primary color found in accents and art.

Awards Won

2017 Washington Building Journal Best Residential Real Estate Deal
2017 MFE Award Merit Winner for Best High Rise
2017 GALA Winner for Interior Merchandising, Multifamily New Construction High Rise
2017 NAHB Pillars Finalist for Best Interior Merchandising of a Common Area
2016 Delta Associates Best Washington/Baltimore Interior Design Fastest Lease-Up
2016 Delta Associates Best Washington/Baltimore Interior Design Fastest Lease-Up


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Legacy West End
Washington, D.C.

Converted to multi-family by Tasea Investment Co., this former office building located in the Westend of Georgetown, is now a sleek, modern residential building with 190 apartments.

With warm and rich textures, amplified by exciting colors and textures in each space of the building, the HDG interior design team delivered residents a curated interior experience in this urban neighborhood.  The unique design challenge was to transform an austere commercial lobby and common space into a sophisticated, inviting, intimate residential experience packed full of as many amenities as possible.

The lobby is a sanctuary for the senses.  Residents are greeted by a welcoming fireplace designed with niches for custom sculptures.  Creating a desire to find out what surprises can be found above, cantilevered rooms project from the second floor over the lobby space. From an unoccupied office building to a dynamic, upscale multi-family property, the HDG design team completes the building’s timeless, urban look with bold, contemporary elements that make this one of DC’s most unique residences.

Awards Won

2018 Delta Associates Best Washington/Baltimore Adaptive Reuse Apartment Community


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The Perry
Potomac, MD

The Perry, developed by Foulger-Pratt, is a mid-rise residence consisting of 297 elegant apartment homes located in a mixed-use project in Potomac, MD. The Perry’s contemporary and sophisticated yet warm, rustic feel contrasts with the traditional style of the adjacent condominium tower located within the development.

The HDG design team presents an intimate, casual style by using a formal color palette of gold, brown, and cream while pulling in darker espressos, deeper walnuts, and rich earth tones to reflect the surrounding woods. Faux finishes provide an elegant break to the stone, glazed brick, and reclaimed and raw wood finishes. The warmth of the natural finishes juxtaposed against the clean, modern background creates an ambiance that is sophisticated yet comfortable, enduring and inviting.

The Perry boasts unique pieces that are custom-made and fit perfectly within the spaces. The screen in the gameroom was created by a local artist out of rough-cut logs fit into a blackened-steel frame. One elevator lobby contains a curved sofa designed to fit perfectly against the curved wall. The public spaces feature intimate sitting areas with furniture custom-sized to fit within the many nooks. Custom, contemporary light fixtures generate added visual interest, each with a unique profile that continually draws the eye up from floor to ceiling. The comfortable mid-century and casual furniture brings the perfect style to the eclectic, rustic space.

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Bethesda, MD

Sleek, modern and sophisticated, Cheval Bethesda is a new condominium that comprises 71 luxury residences. The lobby design sets the tone immediately and impactfully, using the building’s moniker, French for “horse” as our inspiration. A glass-tile mosaic, translating a photograph of galloping horses by Irene Suchocki, runs from the entry vestibule into the lobby, creating an ethereal sense of movement and sparkle. The mosaic’s blending of silver and gold accents is repeated throughout the first-floor lobby, clubroom and mailroom with brass lighting, trim and hardware, and silvery-gray upholstery and wallpaper. We added warmth with tones of cognac, present in the woven wall covering in the lobby, and rich walnut that flows throughout the main level.

The design team overcame challenges in the lower-level fitness center, which has no windows and a low ceiling, by incorporating lots of light and a vibrant white palette so it now resembles a high-end hotel gym. Visitors are greeted with a sculptural white-plaster screen with openings that peek into the fitness area, lit by flush-mounted halos of light. The designers enlisted cognac-flecked wallcovering and walnut accents again down here, but against bright white backgrounds to enhance the contrast and light.

Throughout, we used patterned glass as space dividers, between the lobby and clubroom on the main level, and separating the gym from the yoga and spin room downstairs. The interior glass screens reference the sleekness of the glass and white stone on the exterior of the building, so that glossy elegance flows from inside out.

Awards Won

2018 Delta Associates Best Washington/Baltimore Interior Design Condominium Community
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VY Models
Reston, VA

Make every wall count when you’re living small. This long entry provides an opportunity for both design and function. The stripes—an easy do-it-yourself touch—add color, make a personal statement and provide an intentional place for jaunty hooks from World Market to hold hats, bags, scarves and the dog leash. The design naturally draws your eye across the airy living space to the broad, outdoor views beyond. In this compact, one-bedroom apartment, the window nook provides a natural enclave for the dining table, which can easily turn into a light-filled workspace. Imagine having your morning coffee or afternoon tea overlooking this lovely nature scene. And instead of a simple end table for the sofa, use a bookshelf with storage options.

Create your own artisan vibe! You don’t have to own a ton of artwork to generate impact. Paint and molding from the local home store go a long way. A neutral palette provides a solid grounding for changeable accent colors in pillows, accessories, or rotating works of art. The brightly colored credenza in the main living area not only adds personality to the room, it’s the perfect place to store AV equipment, games and anything else that might clutter the space.

3737 Chestnut Street

Located in Philadelphia’s University City, just down the street from the University of Pennsylvania, 3737 Chestnut Street is home to medical students, resident doctors, as well as other undergrad and graduate students.  Designed as a multi-family apartment community, the Hartman Design Group interior design team used reclaimed wood, exposed concrete columns and other natural materials to create a warm, rustic, and slightly vintage ambiance. The materials and details featured including steel, brick, and industrial elements, a nod to Philadelphia’s identity and create a sense of place. The soft, eclectic furnishings and multiple communal work tables throughout the common areas provides study and gathering spaces that invite the residents to work, play, and socialize.

The building was under construction when Bozzuto and Radnor Property Group asked HDG to improve the aesthetics of all the common spaces.  In order to open by August 15th – in time for the new school year – under a tight budget and deadline, HDG worked closely with the team to reinvent the interior spaces. Through collaboration, creativity, and commitment, HDG was able to deliver an edgy, yet comfortable interior that is functional, comfortable, and matches the lifestyle of this resident base.


2016       ULI         Philadelphia 3rd Annual Willard G Bill Rouse III Awards for Excellence

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The Haven National Harbor
National Harbor, MD

The Haven Condominium, quietly nestled above the National Harbor downtown area and the Potomac river draws an affluent crowd that desires a sense of tranquility and adventure. Just steps away from more than 160 shops and over 40 dining experiences, it was essential for the HDG team to add to the level of excitement while still fostering the essence of community. Understanding the unique location of the apartments, the HDG team designed an interior space great for get-togethers, co-working and quiet hideaways.

Floor to ceiling windows and dual-sided glass fireplace allows for a lively connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces while the nature pallet invokes a warm and cozy atmosphere. Relaxed and sophisticated, the club room is an instrumental part of the Haven with flat-screen TVs, lounge seating and a billiards table. Unique lighting features, bold artworks, and contemporary lounge chairs invite residents to collaborate, socialize and entertain. National Harbor is a 300-acre, mixed-use development being built by The Peterson Companies that at completion will include 3,000 hotel rooms (including the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center), 2,500 residential multifamily units, 250,000 square feet of retail,250,000 square feet of Class-A office space, a marina with 3 piers and the 180′ tall Capital Wheel.

Awards Won

2018 Delta Associates Best Sales Pace for a Washington/Baltimore Condominium Community
2018 Washington Building Journal Best Real Estate Deal Awards
2019 BALA Best Multifamily Development 4-7 Stories Built for Sale
2019 GALA Best Design and Architecture Condominium
2019 GALA Best Design and Architecture, Multi-Family New Construction
2019 GALA Award of Merit, Community of the Year


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360 State Street
New Haven, CT

When construction was completed in 2010, 360 State Street was one of the first new multi-family residences of its kind in New Haven, CT. As other residential buildings began to crop up near the Yale campus, 360 State Street apartments could not compete in the marketplace.  Bozzuto reached out to Hartman Design Group to transform the common spaces within the building.  The goal was to create an exciting vibe, engage the residents, and transform the customer experience.

Even with budget constraints, the HDG team realized the goal by converting the previously oversized and austere lobby space into a warm, homey lounge with a linear flame fireplace and comfortable furnishings.  To cater to the needs of the residents – mostly professors and graduate students from Yale –multiple work pods, lounge areas, and a coffee bar were added.

With cosmetic upgrades and new furnishings installed in the clubroom, fitness center, business center, and rooftop deck, the residents now enjoy work and play spaces that contribute to a life well-lived.

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The Signature
Reston, VA

In today’s multi-family buildings, residents have come to expect an enhanced lifestyle and robust amenities.  In the heart of Reston Town Center, The Signature was designed to appeal to the upscale renter-by-choice who is drawn to resort style living. The branding concept of the property that supports The Signature name speaks to the individual and how they can make a multi-family residence their own.  With 22,000 square feet of interior amenity-rich, common areas, each resident can put their own “signature” on their living experience.

 The design team’s priority was ensuring that each interior space blends seamlessly with its adjacent exterior courtyard, terrace, garden or deck.  Be it the main lobby, the seventh-floor sports lounge (that leads out to the pool deck), or the sky top fitness center, the connection to the outdoors and the stunning views of the Virginia countryside were emphasized.

 Approaching the entry, an expansive circular drive with multiple planting beds begin the experience.  When the front doors are open, the expansive two-story lobby provide sightlines past the 24-hour concierge desk to the Garden Courtyard.  The indoor-outdoor connection is reinforced by echoing the graphite metallic exterior brick as a feature in the lobby.  A river-rock bed at the exterior continues at the front window line, and an indoor/outdoor fireplace encourages group gatherings in the courtyard as well as the lobby lounge.

 The HDG team designed the communal spaces off the lobby to give residents myriad work, play and personal-time options. There’s a row of windowed booths with powered tables for quiet work; private and semi-private conferencing areas; a cozy library facing the entry court; a garden lounge facing the interior garden’s water features; and a grand room with a demonstration kitchen, dining space, a dual-sided fireplace that anchors two seating areas; and smaller social nooks on the periphery. The leasing area, too, doubles as a meeting space for residents during non-working hours.

 Art was a significant focus of the interiors, and the design team planned early for commissioned pieces.  Reinforcing “The Signature” brand over the concierge desk, a large encaustic piece by local artist Susan Main incorporates signatures of famous figures throughout history who’ve lived in the Reston region, from Thomas Jefferson to Tiny Fey.  A custom bronze sculpture titled “Aspiration Duo” by Israeli artist Tolla Inbar graces the adjacent lobby entry.  Tolla believes that “the soul is a reflection of the universe, which motivates each of us to follow an individual path.” Commissioned paintings and sculpture—mostly from local artists—fill The Signature’s public spaces  Boston Properties also added a special touch with a first-floor gallery where the Greater Reston Arts Center curates rotating artist exhibits.

 The 7th-floor sports lounge draws residents together for sporting events displayed across a wall of screens. They can also play billiards, shuffle board and foosball with their neighbors, and during the warmer months, floor-to-ceiling windows open to the pool deck, which is surrounded by grill stations, individual dining areas, and multiple lounge areas that each have their own fire pit.  The SkyTop offers a light-filled penthouse-level fitness center and yoga studio with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramas that stretch for miles. Residents can cool down on the rooftop terrace or join in an outdoor yoga class while enjoying 360-degree views of the lush Reston landscape.

Awards Won

2019 PACE Virginia Lease Up Award for Above $2,801
2018 Delta Associates Best Washington/Baltimore High-Rise Interior Design Apartment Community
2018 GALA Best Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family New Construction High Rise
2018 PACE Virginia Lease Up Award for Above $2,801
2019 NAHB Pillars Winner for Best Merchandising of a Common Area
2019 NAHB Pillars Winner for Best Community Amenities
2019 James M. Scott Exceptional Design Honor Award, Residential Design Excellence, 2019


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The Signature Models
Reston, VA


Insignia on M
Washington, D.C.

At the intersection of New Jersey Avenue and M Street, in DC’s Navy Yard district, a busy world is in high gear. The ballpark, restaurants, and shops create the neighborhood amenities. The design of the building’s interior accentuates the trends in multi-family amenities today. Residents enjoy a lifestyle that rivals the experience of a fine hotel including multiple areas to gather in groups or hang out alone, multiple settings to work, play and recharge – indoors or out.

The design team responded to the young demographic of this revitalized neighborhood by designing a building that is full of special features. Lightwoods, concrete finishes, and primary colors energize the contemporary interior. Special features throughout, like the lobby fireplace with color-changing LED lights and garage doors at the rooftop club room, create a memorable experience that drives rent in this competitive area of DC.

Gallery Bethesda II
Bethesda, MD

Gallery Bethesda II is the newest addition to downtown Bethesda. Just a short 10-minute walk from the Bethesda Metro, Gallery II is modern living at its finest. This luxury high-rise is the sequel to its neighbor, Gallery Bethesda which delivered in 2014.

The long-awaited Gallery II Apartments complements and completes Gallery Bethesda’s pedestrian plaza, furthering the revitalization of Woodmont Triangle as the new downtown Bethesda. Pedestrians and residents enjoy the mid-block connection complete with sculpture, lights, and a variety of neighborhood and community-focused retail that serves the entire Bethesda area. The planning and architectural design helped to guide the new Bethesda Plan, with setbacks, tower separation, creative massing, progressive storm water solutions, and a mid-block pedestrian street between the two phases to break up an existing “superblock”  that was previously a collection of low-rise office and retail.

After a hold period of 4 plus years, the second phase of the project restarted.  The challenge facing the design team was that after sitting on a shelf for so long, trends had changed as had resident expectations.  The building as it was designed was no longer current.  To update the building, it was necessary to include the latest amenities and the most current social trends. This goal was met by expanding the amenities by capturing retail space and through creative space planning.

To appeal to today’s renter by choice it was critical that the amenities include places to co-work, hang out, an indoor/outdoor connection and more social spaces. The units were also redesigned to current finish trends. The transformation of the interior spaces and upgrade of finishes succeeded in creating a Class A residential building that is ahead of leasing projection in a competitive market.

The amenities now include a first-level lobby, sitting room, and co-working area, fitness center, pet spa, and package storage.  Adjacent to the rooftop deck is a large clubroom with multiple gaming and social spaces.  A co-working lounge that doubles as a private dining room is serviced by a catering kitchen.  On the roof, a spectacular pool and deck is designed adjacent to a large outdoor social area with firepits, bar seating, grills, pizza ovens, and other nodes for gathering with friends and family.

The completion of Gallery II as a sister building to Gallery I has created a multi-generational sanctuary in this busy urban area.

Awards Won

2019 NAIOP DC/MD Best Multifamily Property in Montgomery County


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Instrata at Pentagon City
Arlington, VA

Bozzuto and Invesco partnered with Hartman Design Group to transform Instrata Apartments in the Pentagon City area. Home to sports figures, government consultants and older professionals, Instrata Pentagon City is set back from busy 15th Street, making it a quiet respite in a thriving urban location. Completed in 2003, the building was showing its age and not competing well in the marketplace.

A full renovation of the property’s indoor and outdoor amenities to a premier level was necessary to retain current residents. HDG’s mission was to create a boutique hotel experience that would differentiate the property from its competition. The new design encourages connection among the residents, provides work and play space, and solidifies a sense of community. As a result, says Lesley Lisser, Senior Director, Asset Management, Invesco Real Estate, “We noticed significantly higher retention rates, rent growth and strength in leasing. We realized that we created an overall lifestyle experience that residents are willing to pay for.”

Awards Won

2019 GALA Best Interior Merchandising, Multi-Family Renovation – High Rise


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Coda on H
Washington, D.C.

Known for its artsy community, street festivals, nightlife, restaurants, pop-ups, performances and energetic atmosphere, Coda on H is located at the center of a dynamic one-and-a-half-mile H Street stretch.   The design objective was to connect the interior of this residential building with the neighborhood and make every square inch of the amenity space functional and exciting for the residents.

Nestled in one of the most spirited neighborhoods in Washington, DC., Coda on H appeals to the millennial renter who seeks out the H Street vibe.  Walking into the lobby, prospects and residents immediately engage with the hand-painted street art that wraps the centrally placed stairwell.  A mix of contemporary, industrial and funk, the interior design resonates with the renter and reflects the authentic lifestyle of those attracted to this corridor.

With not one square inch of extra amenity space, the bike, mailroom and leasing offices became a part of the lobby design.  To connect the indoors to the outdoors a small casual lounge was carved out of the rear lobby space, which connects to the private courtyard.  Adorned with natural materials and greenery, this lounge creates a quiet sanctuary for the residents.

The most significant challenge was the small footprint of the building, which resulted in a minimal SF of amenities.  The competitive buildings have substantial common areas with many social and service amenities.  This challenge was overcome by creating an interior design that stands out from the competition.  The difference is in the details – cast, bronze doorknobs (molded from the designer’s daughter’s hands), the custom mural, industrial details, focus on original and playful art.

Boutique and intimate, with a true H Street vibe, since opening, Coda on H has been a success for the owner, MRP. Since opening in May 2018, the building is 99.2% leased.

Awards Won

2019 GALA Best Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Boutique Construction
2019 GALA Blue Ribbon for Best Feature: Entry Foyer and Lobby
2019 Washington City Paper Best Apartment Building
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New Carrollton, MD

What makes The Remy apartments ideally located—being steps from the New Carrollton Amtrak and Metro transportation hub—is also what makes it an oasis in an area void of shopping, restaurants or a sense of community.

With that in mind, we envisioned a welcoming mountain resort, with all the amenities of a city neighborhood beautifully brought under one roof. Using a vocabulary of warm woods, earth-toned fabrics and leathers, and rustic décor, we sought to create a social experience throughout its expansive lobby, where one space flows seamlessly into another. A stroll through these open areas brings opportunities for small or large gatherings, multiple spots to telework, and a comfy area to curl up by the fireplace—just as one would find at a resort.

The design team created a gaming area and clubroom—enclosed with glass walls that allow light to stream from the building’s private courtyard through the rest of the lobby. Residents can host functions in these separate but transparent spaces, hang out by the fire, or shoot a game of pool. They can also see regular movie screenings in the well-appointed theater, or escape to smaller nooks where they can bring gaming consoles to play with a couple of friends on a screen that’s bigger than their own TV.

Besides its many venues for working individually or with others, the building is ideal for commuters with jobs on the train lines from DC to Baltimore. Muffins and coffee are served each morning by the concierge desk, making it convenient for residents to grab something as they dash out the door. Transit screens show arrival and departure schedules for train and bus lines, and comfortable seating by the front windows makes it easy to wait for rides.

A gym and yoga studio overlooking the lobby, finally, allows the residents to de-stress at the end of a hectic day.

Awards Won

2018 Delta Associates Best Lease-Up Pace for a Suburban Maryland Apartment Community
2018 Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal Best in Architecture


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2 Hopkins
Baltimore, MD

HDG partnered with BCT Architects and Berman Enterprises to convert the 1960’s  Mercantile Bank and Trust Building in Baltimore’s Charles Center to a residential multi-family apartment building.  A complex with 180 apartment units plus a federal government agency headquarters, its historic designation presented challenges.  Prevented from altering anything that was original to the building’s exterior or its two-story interior lobby, the original flooring, ceiling beam structure, elevator lobby, and bronze storefront systems had to remain.

When designing the public space and amenity interiors, it became necessary to transform the Brutalist details of the 60’s to a building that feels like home.  While supporting the historic features, the HDG interior design team planned a free-standing concierge desk and mail structure in the lobby that provided the function required for the building and at the same time, supported the residential vibe. To add comfort and intimate personal spaces within this voluminous and austere environment, new lighting was installed, a coffee café was created, and the existing marble bench was made comfortable with cushions and lounge seating.  With the revival of mid-century modern design, the design team was able to source original designs from the 60’s and transform the interior architecture into a modern-day, Class-A apartment building that celebrates its history.

Overlooking Camden Yards, the design team-oriented the 21st-floor clubroom to provide optimal views of this iconic Baltimore stadium. Multiple, intimate co-working spaces and lounge areas make it easy to find a space to settle in for a few hours or all day. Further embracing the mid-century building period, a palette of neutrals accented with orange and turquoise was selected. A vintage 1960s clock display became a pleasant nod to the past in the thoroughly modern fitness area—one of many 21st-century amenities throughout the building.

The large, existing basement space provided the perfect opportunity to expand the resident amenities package to include an indoor pet spa and dog walk (with drainage and waste disposal), a large bike room and a no-frills weight room with a climbing wall.

Some office buildings pose steep challenges for developers who want to adapt them as residential apartments. In this case, the 2 Hopkins building footprint provided optimal spacing for the apartment unit layouts. Floor-to-ceiling windows on all sides of the building, paired with 10-foot ceiling heights on every floor, created views of Baltimore that would be difficult to attain in a new-construction high-rise development. The expansive lobby, basement level, and 21st floor allowed the design team to provide every amenity expected in a brand-new multi-family building.


Awards Won

2018 GALA Design and Architecture, Multi-Family Renovation/Conversion


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1800 Oak
Arlington, VA

The major design objective was to reposition the dated common spaces of the apartment building to increase the value of the asset and to create a return on investment through enhanced rent revenue. Our primary goal was to maximize renter retention and occupancy by creating functional and stunning amenities that speak to today’s residents.

The team’s mission was to create an urban-hotel experience that would differentiate the property from its competition. The newly renovated space encourages connection among the residents, provides work and play space, and solidifies a sense of community. With approximately 10,000SF of renovated space, the team was able to transform this property into an innovative space where productivity and leisure coincide.

The design concept embraces wood materials reminiscent of the “oak theme”, reinforcing the name of the street this property is built on. Organic materials, earth tones, and textures were juxtaposed by rich jewel tones to create a casual yet elegant ambiance. Features such as branch hardware on the entry doors, live edge countertops, and wood bark veneer were integrated throughout the interiors to further define the property branding.

Due to constraints imposed by site grading, opportunities for windows were greatly reduced limiting the amount of natural light. Our team developed lighting concepts to compensate for this limitation while addressing the lack of window openings with thoughtful wall articulation.

Amenities were doubled. An underutilized lobby and sitting room were transformed into a socially active lounge featuring a tea station and a communal table. The oversized vestibule was reduced to allow for Uber and Lyft lounges on either side of the entry door. Throughout the first level, there are multiple opportunities to work, socialize – alone or together. The leasing office and concierge were relocated to achieve line of sight to the front door and the package storage room was expanded to meet today’s ever-increasing demand. Locker rooms were relocated to allow for a large state-of-the-art fitness center and a dated clubroom was transformed into a modern-day sports bar.

Since the new lobby opened, the community manager reports that these spaces are consistently occupied with residents who work from home or telecommute part-time—one day, he says, there wasn’t a single empty seat. “Everyone loves it. You’ll see random people come in here, taking pictures and selfies,” he says. “When you compare it to what it used to be, it’s just mind-blowing.”


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