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Recent 450K Rendering

The 450 K development is still going through feedback loops with the Historic Preservation Review Board. Below is a recent rendering that was obtained from R2L Architects by DCMUD. The image is from the perspective of looking from the NW corner 5th & K towards the new midblock development.

It is expected that this design will still be tweaked in modest ways. Which do you prefer? The latest incarnation or the rendering leaked in January?

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  1. 1

    Mase says

    I prefered the prior incarnation. The red-ish brick is now to D.C. what developing-country-yellow is to developing countries. Too much.

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    shaw rez says

    I like the red brick and think it’ll contrast nicely with CityVista across the street.

    I think I like the prior design better, though. I like its historic-ish looking windows and industrial-ish vibe over the more modern look of the current design.

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    FourthandEye says

    As far as color mainly I’m just hoping that at the end of the design it isn’t a faint orange. There are already 5 or 6 orange bricked residential hi-rises within a 1.5 blocks of this site. A little diversity would be welcome. This red is fine with me.

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    Shipsa01 says

    I agree on the need for diversity. It seems like with any new building proposal it’s either ‘make it look like the Convention Center’ or ‘make it look like the GPO building.’ It doesn’t seem like too much out of the box thinking.

    Also, I would love to see a rendering sans Louis Rouge.

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    Tony says

    The second rendering gets my vote. That first one just does not do it for me – YAWN! Perhaps it’s just a bad picture, but I’ll take warm and orange anytime over whatever color that is in the first rendering. Also, the design of the first rendering looks more commercial than residential. I’m just glad that SOMETHING is going there and that we can return (slowly, but surely) to being known as the land of the shrinking parking lots again. : )

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    M Street says

    I definitely prefer the new version. I’m a fan of red brick. and it kinda reminds me of the Yale Lofts, which I like.

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    Bo says

    I guess I prefer the orange rendering, though neither is too exciting. Just build SOMETHING. Let’s get it on!

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    John Thompson says

    I’m a fan of the windows in the first design mixed with the top floor architectural features of the 2nd rendering. I’m normally a fan of the red brick, but I think something more on the beige to white side would actually look great if they did a hybrid design of the 2 designs.

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    Y-Man says

    Red brick can look great or it can look like crap. Depends on the caliber of the materials. Based on past work I don’t expect this architect to scape the bottom of the barrel on materials.