We learned last week that the preparation for the construction of the AAMC Headquarters on the 600 Block of K Street NW is pushing along aggessively. However renderings are yet to be unveiled. The renderings we saw for the I-395 Air-rights project in April left us uninspired. The all glass office buildings don’t seem to be favorites among residents. The question begs – which new construction D.C. office building actually feature architecture that is beloved?
For the purpose of the discussion let’s say the criteria is an office building constructed in D.C. since 1990 that is entirely new construction – no integration of historic buildings that were previously on the site. If you really have a great example from another city to share feel free to do so as long at it fits within the scale of the D.C. height limit. I don’t think nominating the Trump Tower Chicago adds anything useful to this conversation.
I’ll nominate the AARP Headquarters at 601 E Street NW that was built in 1991. I like that the architecture has a mixture of masonary materials and a variety of architectural features at different height levels. I feel that level of detail adds a great deal of visual interest.