One Hill South

One Hill South

Architect
Morris Adjmi Architects
Location
Washington, D.C., USA | View Map
Project Year
2017
Category
Apartments

One Hill South

Morris Adjmi Architects as Architects

One Hill South is a new apartment building occupying half a block in Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. A checkerboard pattern of two-story projections distinguishes the glass mid-rise from the similarly scaled office and residential buildings in the quickly developing neighborhood.

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One Hill South’s super-scaled staggered volumes are based on a unique interpretation of a local zoning allowance that permits projecting bays, more commonly seen in the form of vertical bay windows.

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The building’s deceptively simple appearance belies its highly technical execution. Its façade functions as a window wall along the slabs at the top and bottom of each projection and like a curtain wall installed in front of the slabs between. Sections of the assembly are built from a carefully selected spandrel glass used to conceal One Hill South’s concrete structure and mechanical systems.

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The regular rhythm of the vertical fins, which are finished with a custom “MA Gray” coating, gives the façade an added depth and sense of movement. At the street level, a metal canopy marks the residential entry on K Street and the ground floor is wrapped in a brick that complements the custom metal finish.

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