Awards of Excellence 2019
1101 Sixteenth

1101 Sixteenth
Award of Excellence
Best Amenity Space

Project Team

Stars Investment Management - (Developer)
Akridge - (Owner)
HOK - (Architect)
Clark Construction Group - (General Contractor)
OEHME, VAN SWEDEN - (Landscape Architect)
Wiles Mensch Corporation - (Civil Engineer)
The SK&A Group - (Structural Engineer)
GHT Limited - (Mechanical Engineer)

Executive Summary

Situated at the corner of Sixteenth and L Street, only blocks from The White House, 1101 Sixteenth Street offers rare design solutions that create a balance between honoring historic details with contemporary building needs. By implementing biophilic design, natural materials, and new amenity spaces, this trophy office building offers organizations the opportunity to create a memorable place along one of the most prominent streets in the city.

The design for 1101 creates a unique destination along this historic corridor and redefines the space to activate the corner and create a more “walkable” urban environment. An organically shaped pedestrian plaza, stainless steel sculptural ramp guardrail, and urban garden stands out from typical Sixteenth streetscape experience. By adding distinctive amenity spaces with human-scale features, connections to nature, and a strong sense of place, 1101 Sixteenth both strengthens and reinforces the unique identity of this historic district.

Nature inspired design came as the creative response to challenges presented by the site and existing structures. A difference in ground plane levels between the existing main and secondary lobby required a strong visual element—linking the space visually and activating it while making connectivity of the space enjoyable and seamless experience for users.

A three-dimensional, floor-to-ceiling sculptural wall greets people entering the building lobby. Spanning the full 17-foot floor-to-ceiling height of the space, the linden wood feature connects to the secondary lobby at the north. A monumental stair floating within a new two-story atrium complements the fluid, dynamic sculptural wall while seamlessly bridging the previously separate building lobbies. This jewel-like space becomes a destination, rather than just a pass-through point for visitors and tenants, offering a moment of rest from the busy urban environment.

Elements of biophilic design are on display in this lobby space. A softly-beemed landscaped plaza acts as a “fourth wall” of the lobby, featuring a stainless-steel sculptural guardrail. Once inside, the play of natural light against the wood wall—how it enters the space, is reflected and dispersed—brings the outside indoors, and creates a rich variety of experiences that put visitors into contact with nature. Portuguese limestone walls and flooring frame the dynamic shape similar to the street wall framing the soft landscaped plaza outside.

Together these curvilinear forms shape the public landscape and link the main and secondary building entrances to create one unified building.

The constant exchange of ideas and knowledge between owner, design, and construction teams was critical to achieving such a striking design. The team fabricated the solid wood feature wall by using Computer Numerical Control Technology (CNC) optimized for efficient material use and installation. The Limestone floor stops short of the wall to create the illusion of continuity—an adjustment made by the team using the templates based on woodworker final model. The ceiling light cove was created similarly. From the first sketch to the use of 3D modeling to visualize the complexities of the space—this team shared a willingness to meet the challenges of design and a passion for finding creative solutions.


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