The design of the building is a response to (1) a site situated on one of Pierre L’Enfant’s original arterial streets (2) a program consisting of small dwelling units and (3) the requests of the local neighborhood shareholders.
▼建筑外观，external view of the building ©Hoachlander Davis Photographyz
The program required seven to ten housing units per floor with community rooms, laundry facilities, monitoring stations, private and family bathrooms on each floor. The designers added outdoor play areas on each level to avoid taking children down the elevators to reach outdoor play. The ground floor includes a dining area, computer room, exam room, and administrative areas.
▼设计概念，design concept ©Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
Any new public housing project requires acceptance from the neighbors. Early community engagement was the key to both design and approval process success. The neighbors let us know they wanted a building with no specific front or back. They wanted activity all around the site. The neighbors wanted the existing clinic to remain on site and pointed out details like habitual walking patterns. We learned that each building on “I” Street is elevated several feet above the street to prevent damage from frequent flooding in this waterfront neighborhood. Each floor features a different organizing color to foster a sense of community and ease of orientation.
▼形态分析，form study ©Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
▼设计生成，generation diagram ©Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
The building’s massing responds to the viewshed along Delaware Avenue SW. Delaware Avenue is an original arterial street in L’Enfant’s city grid. The ziggurat form of the building responds to the existing street tree canopy and allows for maximum daylighting and views from the dwelling units. Each elevation of the AYA is uniquely different as it responds to context. The North façade is all glass to maximize the viewshed of the US Capitol from the community rooms on each floor. The dynamic South facade frames the entrance to the community health clinic. The East facade is sedate and calm in response to a neighboring housing project.
▼通透的北立面，transparent north elevation in glass ©Hoachlander Davis Photographyz
The design concept is a building that has no front or back and. Each elevation of the building is uniquely different; the glassy North facade contains community rooms on each floor that look out towards capitol, the dynamic South facade frames the entrance to the health clinic, the calm East facade contains screened outdoor play spaces on each floor, the stepped West facade creates a front lawn for each unit. The boundaries of the new building stay within the existing buildings footprint, preserving the national park land to the north of the site. The new building yields in height to both the future Randall School Development to the East and Capitol Park Plaza Apartment building to the West. Care is taken to organize separate entrances to the Health Clinic and Short Term Family Housing on different faces of the building.
▼阶梯状的西立面，stepped west elevation ©Hoachlander Davis Photographyz
▼南立面，设置诊所入口，south elevation with entrance to the clinic ©Hoachlander Davis Photographyz
▼东立面，每层设有室外活动区，east elevation with outdoor activity areas on each floor ©Hoachlander Davis Photographyz
The building is intended to complement the developing SW skyline while creating an optimal living experience for the tenants with natural lighting and views out to the city.
▼餐饮区，dining area ©Hoachlander Davis Photographyz
▼室外活动区，outdoor activity area ©Hoachlander Davis Photographyz
▼居住区，living area ©Hoachlander Davis Photographyz
▼总平面图，site plan ©Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
lower level plan (left), second floor plan (right) ©Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
six level plan (left), seventh floor plan (right) ©Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
▼北立面图，north elevation ©Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
▼南立面图，south elevation ©Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
▼东立面图，east elevation ©Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
▼剖面图，sections ©Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
Project Name: The AYA
Architecture Firm: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture | Leo A Daly Joint Venture
Website: www.studio27arch.com, www.leoadaly.com
Contact e-mail: Jburke@studio27arch.com
Firm Location: 1600 K Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006|
Phone Number: (202) 939-0027
Project Status: Built
Gross Built Area: The 53,005 gsf building with a 8,767 sf cellar
Project Location: 850 Delaware Ave SW, Washington DC
Lead Architects: John K. Burke, Principal, Jake Marzolf, Project Designer
Lead Architects e-mail: Jburke@studio27arch.com
Photographer: Hoachlander Davis Photographyz
Structural Engineer: Silman Associates
Address: 1053 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Email Address: Draganov@silman.com
Phone Number: (202) 333-6230
MEP Engineer: Setty Associates
Address: 5185 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Suite 220, Washington, DC 20016
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Number: 202-393-1523
Civil Engineer: A. Morton
Address: 10 G St NE #430, Washington, DC
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Phone Number: (202) 289-4545