Tuesday, March 3, 2009

N street lofts - tour

A few years ago I was able to tour the 'N street lofts' on a construction tour. They're an anomaly in DC as they're strictly modern. However, they nod to the typical victorian row houses so well known here in the city through scale and the large front bays facing the street.Above you can see the street side of the lofts. While not a historical recreation of the typical DC rowhouse, I think they still fit into the neighborhood. Variety is the spice of life afterall! The back though, is another story.

Off of the alley is parking for each unit bounded by a high concrete wall (transitional neighborhood afterall). A large back patio lies below this at the basement level. I love the green! so unexpected!Each unit also features a roof deck off of a small den with bar area. Who wants to run down 2 flights of stairs to get a drink of water!Below you can see to the patio from the roof deck - the parking spot is to the left hand side. It's pretty spacious.I keep meaning to go back and see how they turned out; beautiful I'm sure. The architect is a professor of architecture at Catholic University here in DC, Suzanne Reatig, and also a very prestigious FAIA (Fellow of the American Institute of Architects)

7 comments:

Zelda said...

I use to live in a loft .. actually it is not so convenient . it just look very good . and it 's fun to design it as an architect .

custardbydesign said...

i live the splash of green in these units....what does transitional neighbourhood mean?

Habitually Chic said...

Those are cool! Those back cement garden walls would be perfect for faux boxwood like designer Stephen Shubel has on his patio!

ArchitectDesign said...

Zelda, they're only called lofts for marketing reasons I suppose...they're not a loft inside but rather a typical townhouse with a 2 story kitchen / family room on the rear.

Custard, transitional just means it was an unsafe neighborhood that is slowly gentrifying and becoming safe.

HC, yes, I think they have so much potential! I like the idea of the faux boxwood!

thomas said...

i love modern design!

Janet said...

Those are seriously cool! Love the green.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know who the window/door manufacturer is?