You never forget you first. For me, her name was Atari; 7800 to be exact. What? What did you think I was talking about? Jeez, minds out of the gutters, people! Anyway, some images of Souto Moura Arquitectos’ first project in the United States have emerged. The soon-to-be five-story red brick (which, according to the Portuguese architect, was “most appropriate for this part of the city”) and concrete apartment building will be replacing a former gas station at 2715 Pennsylvanian Avenue NW in Washington DC. The building will feature a ground floor restaurant, eight 2,000-square-foot apartment units with balconies, a community gym and a penthouse terrace.
According to BizJournals, the proposal of the 43,396-square-foot, 60-foot-tall building is being pitched by EastBanc Inc. as the new “entrance to Georgetown,” to which the Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission has already pledged support for the project. The building’s planned-unit development application stated:
“The slabs of concrete and ground floor walls in granite give the building a certain tectonic and gravitational image, like the buildings in Old Georgetown.”
…and then the Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) added:
“We appreciate the productive and welcoming use of this property at the principal entrance to Georgetown, including a restaurant with outdoor seating and apartments bringing activity to an area largely lacking in residential accommodations.”
As of this story’s scheduled release time, the full approval is still pending.