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The Ventana

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The Ventana

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  • Barry Habib
  • Douglas Development Corp
  • Faison Associates
  • General Contractor: James G. Davis Construction Corp
  • Maxwell MacKenzie

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Project Description

2007 RADA
Multifamily / Merit

This condo building may evoke the International Style, but it does so while paying respect to Washington, D.C.'s historic identity. The judges praised its sensitivity to context and its "understated, great architecture."

Located in a downtown historical area, the original site contained four down-at-heels 19th-century townhouses. Three of these structures were restored to their original glory and retrofitted for retail and residential, but the fourth—deemed historically insignificant—was razed to make room for a new structure. "Despite being in a historic area, the clearly modern building adheres to the surroundings," says design principal Robert M. Sponseller, AIA. "It's not about the architecture; it's about the scale and the proportion."

A portion of the new 12-story building sits recessed from the façades to create a preservation setback and maintain the scale of the street. Flats and duplexes in the tower receive light from exposures on the north and east, and a series of balconies provide outdoor spaces.
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