Thursday, April 9, 2009

2501 Pennsylvania Ave, interiors!

One of the great things about blogging is you never know who will read your posts. After posting some exterior pictures of a new condo building here in DC the other week (see that posting HERE), I was contacted by one of the agents working for the developer offering a tour of the interior! So come on in with me!As it is a very upscale building (the 16 units in the building START at 1.5 MILLION, ladies and gentleman, a bit out of my price range), the lobby is suitably discrete. Classic Mies Barcelona lounges furnish a seating area with tasteful stone & wood clad walls. The unit I'll feature here is on the 3rd floor and operates as a furnished example and sales center (the building isn't complete yet). It was furnished and decorated by Urban Essentials, one of my favorite stores here in DC up on U street (where I got my desk!).
The main floors of the building each have 3 large units - the individual entrances have sidelight windows which I love in an apartment building!
Inside, each unit has a foyer (so important as a seperation between public space and your private unit! Much nicer than walking directly into the living room). A really cool feature was the intercom video system - see the little screen beside the telephone -that way you know it's the pizza delivery man and not a burglar!
This unit had a really beautiful round foyer before you walked into the living room. A really cool antique photograph collection of Parisian Beaux arts buildings lined the walls.
Here is the all important floor plan (you know I love these!) You can see the entryway and round foyer on the center left hand side.The living room is HUGE for a house, let alone an apartment. These were the hugest apartments I've ever seen though so I guess they demand grand rooms.Beautifully decorated and each unit had at least one fireplace, some had a few! This one had a large stone surround and mantel. The corner of the living room has a bay which juts out over over the old entryway to the building with a perfect view straight up Pennsylvania Avenue. I'd want to curl up here with a good book and cup of tea!
Next room over is the kitchen with attached family room and breakfast area. I loved the modern euro-style cabinets.
Dark wood and white marble, need I say more? Heaven!
I loved that the backsplash wasn't tile or pieces but one continuous slab of marble. So clean (and easy to KEEP clean!) Nice range too -6 burners in an apartment?! Nice!
One thing the architect did well was plan storage space. There were tons of closets, enormous laundry rooms (as big as my entire apartment, people) and the closets that were visible in hallways had really nice built-in doors and organization systems. This was the hallway into the master bedroom.
A nice set up, Urban essentials did a great job staging the space. I wanted to take a nap in here!
But, getting to the good part, the most intriguing thing to me when I first saw the building was the little tower, seen below. I wanted to know so badly what it was, and more importantly, I WANTED TO GO THERE.
Turns out, the penthouse units on the top 3 floors each have enormous roof decks. The lucky one has the little tower as a pavilion; perfect for parties or a little getaway (or rent it out to poor architects like me? haha).
So cute -the space inside is totally open with tons of windows and amazing views up the street (directly above the furnished apartment's living room bay). I barely paid attention to the view though and the HUGE roof deck of this unit because of this little 'house'. The best part of the building!
The most amazing unit though was 2 stories with a unique curved glass stairway. First...the plansThis is bigger than most houses and it's an APARTMENT! How cool is that!
I won't show you pictures of this unit as it's not finished yet, but you can still see how great this staircase is going to be! It's only more amazing because it floats in front of this window 8 stories in the air.I hope you enjoyed the tour, thanks to Michele for showing me around and playing hostess! If you're interested, you can see floor plans for all the units and more information about the building on their website HERE. I know some of you LOVE the floor plans!

21 comments:

M said...

Pass me a bib i'm drooling! That's gorgeous especially that little pavilion tower.
Have a great Easter!

ArchitectDesign said...

I know, M! I LOVE that little tower room :-) Enjoy your holiday, I'll be spending mine with family.

Kwana said...

Oh my goodness. I'm going crazy it's so gorgeous. Love it all. I just want to lay on the floor. Have a wonderful holiday.

ArchitectDesign said...

I don't know, Kwana -I just want to lay in that bed! I love that bedroom.

Laura [What I Like] said...

Oh so lovely! I do adore that rounded foyer. I have to say though, that kitchen doesn't seem appropriately luxe enough for that apartment!

ArchitectDesign said...

Laura, really? I guess it could have been bigger maybe...but I liked the euro-mimialism of it. It was my dream kitchen in a lot of ways. I thought it was of high quality but minimal design -what didn't you like about it? Just that it seemed plain and small or you think the materials themselves?

custardbydesign said...

wow - what a development...
i thought a lot of the elements seemed very european...

there is a massive difference in trends on either side of the big pond...

Things That Inspire said...

Fantastic post! I agree that the architect did a great job in the design, and the staging company created a great atmosphere too.

Thanks for the floor plans - for someone like me, they really help tie things together.

I wonder who the client would be for this kind of a space. I think it would be great for empty nesters starting their next phase in life, or a 30s/40s couple who are upwardly mobile and perhaps not interested in having kids.

ArchitectDesign said...

TTI - I think you hit the nail on the head as to the clients. Definitely empty nesters but also 30s/40s professionals -it's a great place for parties with those large entertaining spaces!
Custard -I would love to hear more about whats going on in the European markets!

Rose C'est La Vie said...

Brilliant post, Stefan. I was dying to have a snoop inside when you featured this building earlier. I was particularly fascinated by the little tower and hadn't imagined it accessed like that. Thankyou.

ArchitectDesign said...

Rose, you think like me! I was surprised to see how the tower was accessed as well. I had wrongly assumed it would be accessed from the unit below!

thevinylvillage said...

Well, you can imagine any place that even hints at having a rotunda moves to the top of my list. Beautiful space...I love how it doesnt feel "new"...and the stagers really did do a wonderful job, so often staged spaces feel unfinished and impersonal...but you can almost imagine that this is someones home.

Those Barcelona lounges are something Ive always loved...but the past few years felt like perhaps they were just a bit too expected and overdone. Seeing them here almost makes me think I was wrong...

allie in g'town said...

Fabulous! I have been sooo curious about those places. Can't wait to show my husband these pics as well.

YSLGuy said...

Amazing! I really love how the Penn Ave area has been built up in the past few years. I looked at some wonderful condos over there as well.

thomas said...

i love!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, wow. How fun that we got the inside tour! Thanks!

franki durbin said...

I'm in love! the curved wall is the best detail in my opinion. it really sets off an interior. Also love the "bay" window with settee (and that the bay window isn't bothered by 45-degree angle walls). is it wrong that I still love authentic barcelona chairs? ;)

ArchitectDesign said...

Franki, I love them too! I have a barcelona stool in my hallway near my closet for using to put on my shoes (and hold dirty clothes, lol). I love the design!

maison21 said...

give me a proper foyer, and you have me every time. thanks for the tour!

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These are really nice. I was worried for a while...as thisproject sat for a couple years because of funding, etc. I remember as a kid, the retail store there before. My Dad was friends of the owner. Glad to see it completed!
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