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Watergate Apartment, Washington, D.C.

Watergate Apartment, Washington, D.C.

  • The living room is oriented toward views of the Potomac River and Key Bridge.

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    The living room is oriented toward views of the Potomac River and Key Bridge.

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    Paul Warchol

    The living room is oriented toward views of the Potomac River and Key Bridge.

  • A V-shaped charcoal wall separates the kitchen/living area and the master bedroom behind it.

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    A V-shaped charcoal wall separates the kitchen/living area and the master bedroom behind it.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    A V-shaped charcoal wall separates the kitchen/living area and the master bedroom behind it.

  • A walnut wall panel with ribbed graining unifies the living room, kitchen, and wine room beyond.

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    A walnut wall panel with ribbed graining unifies the living room, kitchen, and wine room beyond.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    A walnut wall panel with ribbed graining unifies the living room, kitchen, and wine room beyond.

  • An electrostatic glass ribbon in the V-shaped wall can go opaque or clear, giving a sense of the space beyond.

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    An electrostatic glass ribbon in the V-shaped wall can go opaque or clear, giving a sense of the space beyond.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    An electrostatic glass ribbon in the V-shaped wall can go opaque or clear, giving a sense of the space beyond.

  • Project plan before.

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    Project plan before.

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    Project plan before.

  • Project plan after.

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    Project plan after.

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    Project plan after.

  • Axonometric projection.

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    Axonometric projection.

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    Courtesy Robert M. Gurney

    Axonometric projection.

  • The wine room, in an alcove behind the kitchen, is fitted with a translucent panel lit from above and behind. The bottles rest on aluminum rods.

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    The wine room, in an alcove behind the kitchen, is fitted with a translucent panel lit from above and behind. The bottles rest on aluminum rods.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    The wine room, in an alcove behind the kitchen, is fitted with a translucent panel lit from above and behind. The bottles rest on aluminum rods.

  • Bursts of color and floor-to-ceiling glass minimizes the pre-existing low, horizontal environment.

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    Bursts of color and floor-to-ceiling glass minimizes the pre-existing low, horizontal environment.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    Bursts of color and floor-to-ceiling glass minimizes the pre-existing low, horizontal environment.

  • A built-in desk in the master suite makes the most of limited space.

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    A built-in desk in the master suite makes the most of limited space.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    A built-in desk in the master suite makes the most of limited space.

  • Throughout the apartment, clear and translucent glass unifies and defines the flowing floor plan.

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    Throughout the apartment, clear and translucent glass unifies and defines the flowing floor plan.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    Throughout the apartment, clear and translucent glass unifies and defines the flowing floor plan.

  • Planar walls bring formal clarity to the plan.

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    Planar walls bring formal clarity to the plan.

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    Maxwell MacKenzie

    Planar walls bring formal clarity to the plan.

robert m. gurney, faia, architect
washington, d.c.

The Watergate is one of Washington’s most prestigious addresses, but its circular geometry poses interior challenges. Gutting this vintage 1960s apartment cleared the way for the organizing stroke: a V-shaped, dark plaster wall that orients the living areas toward the Potomac River. “The new framework draws attention away from the ceiling heights, some as low as 7 feet, 6 inches,” says Robert M. Gurney, FAIA. Crisp, minimalist materials—white terrazzo flooring, ash millwork, and glass walls—unify and define the spaces. “They got a lot of mileage out of the simple move of breaking the wall free,” one judge said, “and the materials are very well done.”


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