the lacey, washington, d.c.
division1 architects

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,; bathroom fittings: Hansa,, KWC,; cooktop: Bertazzoni,; countertops: DuPont,; dishwasher: Miele,; exterior siding: Trespa,, Viroc,; flooring: Ceramiche Caesar,, Shaw,; hardware: Omnia,; hvac equipment: Carrier,; insulation: Owens Corning,; kitchen cabinets: Snaidero,; kitchen fittings: Hansa,, KWC,; lighting fixtures: Contrast,, Flos,, Bega,, Chloride,, Delta,, Artemide,, Prisma,, Steng,; oven: Bertazzoni,; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore,, Duron,; refrigerator: Fisher & Paykel,, Electrolux,; roofing: Firestone,; skylights/roof windows: Velux,; windows: YKK,