Our second residential building in Washington, DC, occupies a highly visible triangular site where 14th Street meets the southwest termination of Maryland Avenue, extending the street wall established by the Federal office buildings that march south along 14th Street. At the same time, 1331 needs to communicate a residential character. To accomplish this we adapted the building's horizontal massing strategies we’ve developed for tall buildings in New York and other cities, pavilionating the precast concrete facades with a variety of window patterns, bays, and balconies.
A south-facing courtyard carved into the mass reduces the building’s mass and increases the number of apartments opening to spectacular views over the Tidal Basin toward the Jefferson Memorial. At the apex of the triangular site the building presents a slender face to Maryland Circle, where we located the principal entrance; a secondary entrance is located nearby along the south facade, as the building negotiates a site that slopes down 25 feet from east to west. At the roof, a glassy pavilion breaks free from the main masonry mass to accommodate amenity spaces.