Location
Washington, DC

Client
PN Hoffman and Adams Investment Group

Service Type

Project Type

Size
70,000 sf

Completion
2005

Awards
2006 Residential Architect Award of Merit

2006 AIA|DC Washingtonian Residential Design Award

2006 Builder Magazine
Builder’s Choice Design Awards
Grand Award – Lofts

2006 AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Award of Merit
Residential Architecture

2006 Brick Industry Association
Brick in Home Building Award
Bronze winner

2005 AIA Potomac Valley Chapter Citation for Architectural Excellence

Adams Row includes 68 units of open living spaces in the city’s underserved loft-style residential market. It has a unit-mix consisting of sixty two-bedroom units, six one-bedroom units and two studios, and a combination of underground and surface parking for 56 cars. The building maintains a scale in line with the local traditional townhouses while cleverly providing a variety of set-backs and massing to supply visual interest.

The units of Adams Row showcase industrial accents throughout the design which appeal to the developer’s young audience. The exposed structure of concrete floors, ceilings and columns reflects this style. Floor-to-ceiling metal-framed windows of the industrial warehouse variety offer generous views as well as contribute to a feeling of unusual openness and spaciousness. Sliding barn doors add to the upscale look and the perception of greater volume. The upper units feature private rooftop terraces. This access to daylight and increased feeling of space creates the experience of an elegant, high-tech building right in the middle of the fast-paced Adams Morgan surroundings.

Flying through the two-story lobby is a 5’-wide concrete and glass bridge connecting the units on the second floor. With stained concrete floors and painted concrete ceilings, the lobby’s design reinforces the building’s industrial style. The ceiling creates spatial variety in the elevator lobby, and cherry-stained panels provide warmth and intimacy. The mechanical workings of the elevator, fully visible through the full-height glass wall of the elevator, echo the industrial theme.

Constructed on what was mostly a surface parking lot and run-down liquor store, Adams Row successfully provides high-end condos with a variety of set-backs and massing to relieve the solid street wall in order to stay in scale with local townhouses, bringing a renewed vibrancy to the Adams Morgan neighborhood.