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Meridian on First
Washington, D.C.

Located in the Navy Yard District, .01 miles from Metro, this gentrified area of DC is a millennial draw. The inspiration began with research of the area, its history, and its evolution. Focusing on the young renter, the design team made every space social while providing intimate nooks.

The common areas are filled with touch down opportunities, all with outlets for charging.  The sunny lobby and roof deck level feature a backdrop of light woods, textures, and neutral tones accented with bold colors. Art is a significant focus.  Throughout, the curated unexpected and playful artwork subtly nods to the historic Navy Yard.

Challenged by the owner’s decision to build in two phases (Phase One planned opening three years before Phase Two), the allotted SF of amenities in Phase One was significantly less than the larger offering in competing properties.

To compensate for the smaller initial amenity package in Phase One, the design team had to make every inch count in both function and form.  When we learned that the drive isle would encroach into the lobby by 12 feet, we captured that space using the slab angle to create stadium seating and stairs that connect to a mezzanine co-work lounge.

To respond to the “live where you work and work where you live” lifestyle of this urban resident, the lobby, mezzanine, and roof level includes multiple co-working and hang out opportunities while colorful work pods provide private concentration havens.  Stadium seating adds volume to the lobby and creates an impactful and functional work/play opportunity for the residents that love a social environment yet prefer not to interact. Featuring greenery and natural woods, a light-filled rooftop fitness center with a yoga and spin room was designed to connect to the outdoors both visually and materially.

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