Sargent C. Gardiner, partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP calls 1331 (1331maryland.com) – the 14-story luxury apartment building it designed – the gateway into DC. “It’s the first thing people see as they enter [the District] on the 14th street bridge,” he says.
It’s hard to look away from its limestone-colored masonry, modern and traditional designs, and style that harks back to the offices of the Southwest Federal Center (The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Engraving and Printing were inspirations).
A challenge? The fantastic site, he notes. “The large triangular block has not one front, but three, each facing different conditions. We began by opening a courtyard to the south, breaking down the scale of the building and creating additional views.”
The residences range from studios to three bedroom apartments with dens. And the Sky Suites occupy the top four floors, they are singular in the ultraluxe leasing market.
You’ll get access to the Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. (the price tag to live here: $2,000 to $23,000). Premier residences have begun pre-leasing, with move in taking place this fall.