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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.

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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
Alexandria, VA

Reese Tower is centered in hottest destination of Alexandria, VA—Carlyle Crossing, a 1.7 million square foot development anchored by Wegmans Food. The community, created by Stonebridge, is transforming Alexandria, Virginia for the future. Hartman Design Group led the interior design of two residential buildings, Easton & Reese. We hope you enjoy this early bird snapshot of Reese Tower! This multifamily building is beautifully designed to include everything you need, right at home. From Co-working spaces to a Ted Talk stage, this will be one of the most innovative and dynamic communities the HDG’s interior design team has imagined.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cheval
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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3737 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia,PA

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.

Awards

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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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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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.

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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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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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Remy
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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