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Foundry Lofts

Washington, D.C.

Foundry Lofts, located on the southeast waterfront blocks from Nationals Park has become a destination. The site was part of the former Navy Yard that suffered from neglect and crime after the Navy consolidation. The design was dictated by the building’s original function as a pattern and joiner shop on a long, narrow yard. Foundry Lofts was a pioneer residential building and helped to establish this now bustling DC neighborhood. The structure is completely exposed in the final design, juxtaposed with new construction on top and a design influenced by the riverfront location.

Status
Completed 2012

Program
185,000 SF Residential
10,000 SF Retail
177 Apartments

Construction
Adaptive Reuse +New II B Construction

The project recycles existing building stock and embraces the site’s history and structure to create housing that revitalizes a neglected neighborhood. The transformation of the building maintains the strength and elegance of the original structure while adding distinctive functional and efficient private and public spaces.

The rectangular, north-south-oriented building is built with a ‘donut hole’ in the middle. The interior corridor encircles that and is entirely glass, so you can look out into the courtyard from any part of the inside of the building.

The building’s robust existing structure had concrete columns with large capitals, which were retained and celebrated. These gritty columns are transformed throughout units, amenity spaces, and in the lobby.

Beyond ground floor units that walk out to the street, the project features a range of unit types from studios to two-story penthouses. This variety attracts a diverse demographic, enriching an emerging community.

The new construction of the top two stories combines metal panels and large storefront windows to overlook the Anacostia River and the DC skyline. The metal and glass design is inspired by the formal structure of a wheat spike. The saw-tooth type articulation allows for privacy while generating spectacular views of the Anacostia River.

Photo Credit: Max Zhang, Iris22 Productions and Maxwell MacKenzie

Recognition

2017 AIA Northern Virginia Juror’s Citation for Excellence in Architecture
2012 Recognition for Record Lease-Up in the Mid-Atlantic, Delta Associates
2012 Best in American Living Award, NAHB
2013 Great American Living Finalist, MNC BIA
2013 Pillars of The Industry Finalist, NAHB