Awards of Excellence 2019
1101 Sixteenth

1101 Sixteenth
Award of Merit
Best Washington DC Office Over 150,000SF

Project Team

Stars Investment Management - (Developer)
Akridge - (Owner)
HOK - (Architect)
Clark Construction Group - (General Contractor)

Executive Summary

From an address linked with influence, sparks something new. 1101 Sixteenth repositions the prominent corner at Sixteenth and L Streets previously defined by two brutalist 1970’s buildings. The new building is a freestanding, 102,000-square-foot trophy office building that offers organizations the opportunity to amplify their legacy on one of the world’s most prominent streets. Just three-blocks north of the White House, the design strikes the perfect balance between contemporary and classic design. The property has efficient 14,500-square-foot floor plates, desirable window lines on all four sides, and a full host of modern amenities, including a penthouse lounge and rooftop terrace with White House views.

Valuing tradition with a bold statement. An all-glass curtain wall system accentuates the exterior limestone chosen to complement nearby buildings. The irregular structural bays of each building are cloaked by new west and south facades that create a unified design expression. The 14-inch stone articulation creates depth, while the faceted curtain wall panels, featuring glass fly-by elements and stainless-steel cable structures, reflect daylight in unexpected ways.

Creating a destination rather than a pass through point. A three-dimensional, floor-to-ceiling sculptural wall greets guests with an impact as they enter 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 connecting the previously separate building lobbies. Thus this jewel-like space is elevated from a mere thoroughfare to a memorable destination. The team fabricated the solid basswood feature wall by using Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology optimized for efficient material use and installation.

An address that makes an impact, overlooking one of the world’s most prominent streets. A new level of tenant space replaces two mechanical penthouses on top of the existing building. Set back from the main facade, this penthouse level accommodates public and private rooftop terraces with views of the White House. The front plaza, which lies beyond the property line, is a public park. The space uses a soft-beamed landscape and stainless-steel sculptural wall to seamlessly incorporate accessible ramps and stairs into the design. A perforated ribbon-like stainless-steel element becomes the connective tissue in the outdoor space, carving through the landscape and linking the main and secondary building entrances to create one unified building.


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