the lacey, washington, d.c.
division1 architects
washington

The Lacey sits on the former parking lot of the Florida Avenue Grill, a soul-food restaurant that has survived race riots, neighborhood decline, and more recently a rebirth. To honor that legacy, the owner asked for something other than the brick-and-mortar tenant buildings of the past. “He wanted this to be a forward-looking landmark, something that engages the street,” says Ali R. Honarkar of Division1 Architects.

It looks more like a vibrant community center than a condo building, thanks to the street-level duplexes whose glassy façades open to yards and stoops, like the surrounding row houses. Above, balconies are scattered, not stacked, and a showpiece fire escape leads to a communal rooftop terrace. A judge praised the Lacey’s transparency and industrial elegance, noting that “it integrates nicely with the neighborhood patterns.”

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project credits principals in charge: Ali R. Honarkar and Mustafa Ali Nouri, AIA, Division1 Architects; developer: Imar Hutchins, Wilson Enterprise, Washington, D.C.; general contractor: Withheld; interior designers: Ali R. Honarkar, Mustafa Ali Nouri, Jin Yong Kim, Jeff Roberson, Division1 Architects; unit size: 500 square feet to 1,750 square feet; site size: 0.24 acre; construction cost: $280 per square foot; sales price: $270,000 to $849,000; units in project: 26; photography: Debi Fox Photography.


product details

bathroom cabinets: KraftMaid, www.kraftmaid.com; bathroom fittings: Hansa, www.hansa.com, KWC, www.kwcamerica.com; cooktop: Bertazzoni, www.bertazzoni.com; countertops: DuPont, www.dupont.com; dishwasher: Miele, www.miele.com; exterior siding: Trespa, www.trespa.com, Viroc, www.virocusa.com; flooring: Ceramiche Caesar, www.caesar.it, Shaw, www.shawfloors.com; hardware: Omnia, www.omniaindustries.com; hvac equipment: Carrier, www.carrier.com; insulation: Owens Corning, www.owenscorning.com; kitchen cabinets: Snaidero, www.snaidero-usa.com; kitchen fittings: Hansa, www.hansa.com, KWC, www.kwcamerica.com; lighting fixtures: Contrast, www.contrastlighting.com, Flos, www.flosusa.com, Bega, www.bega-us.com, Chloride, www.chloridesys.com, Delta, www.deltalight.us, Artemide, www.artemide.us, Prisma, www.prismaled.com.au, Steng, www.steng.de/en/home.html; oven: Bertazzoni, www.bertazzoni.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com, Duron, www.duron.com; refrigerator: Fisher & Paykel, www.fisherpaykel.com, Electrolux, www.electrolux.com; roofing: Firestone, www.firestonebpco.com; skylights/roof windows: Velux, www.veluxusa.com; windows: YKK, www.ykkamerica.com