The Warren, Mixed-Use Development
Previously conceived as a condominium tower “The Warren” is being reborn as a mid-rise apartment building. The new design will feature 105 studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom units over a ground level podium. The podium will still contain parking and commercial and retail space along 16th Street. The project will also include open space on two terraces at the 3rd floor level.
Client partners Urban Core LLP and NCRF Holdings are working in conjunction with the Capital Area Development Authority to develop this site. The aesthetic of the building, conceived by Devrouax+Purnell Architects, is similar to the previous concept and is aimed at blending the design of the state office buildings in the immediate area, with the traditional Art Deco character of the neighboring apartments, with the goal of creating a unique, “contemporary-classic”style for downtown, urban living. The commercial space is situated along the west frontage to emphasize the retail vitality of the 16th Street corridor. The space will be especially conducive to activities such as boutiques or specialty stores (e.g. books, music/videos, fitness) that are popular among office workers, while serving the needs of the neighborhood and attracting patrons seeking downtown-oriented shopping. It is a space that will undoubtedly complement the Unity Center Museum proposed for the opposite NE corner at this intersection by virtue of its stylish storefront and pedestrian-friendly character.
The building architecture includes materials that promote a high quality, understated elegance, with the use of concrete panels, floor to ceiling glass panels at living spaces, and stone tile to anchor the base. The design includes Juliet balconies with an irregular pattern, and recesses in the façade that define the corners of the building. The building establishes a traditional base with the middle floors consisting of staggered panels of glass and concrete. The building top is accentuated with the combination of floors, creating a verticality to strengthen the building's appeal.
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