Location
2009 8th Street NW
Washington, DC

Client
Jefferson Apartment Group

Service Type

Project Type

Size
136,000 SF
132 Units
16,392 SF Retail

Completion
2020

The redevelopment of a former LGBTQ nightclub, J Linea at 2009 8th Street NW is a new 70-foot-tall 132-unit mixed-use residential building with 16,000-SF of retail space located in the heart of Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood. Formerly known as Black Broadway, Shaw has long since been viewed as the city’s cultural epicenter and served as inspiration for many of the project’s signature design elements including its “dancing” geometric floorplan and cascading gold fin series, reminiscent of notes on sheet music.

Made from artisan Danish-imported brick, J Linea’s angular form integrates preserved portions of the original century-old facade and maximizes the building’s usable square footage by stepping back and inward in deference to the existing façade. Gold fins, composite metal panels and a three-dimensional UHPC rainscreen call attention to the building along a narrow side street and contrast its otherwise industrial design while a two-story lobby wrapped in glazing activates the streetscape, connecting activity between V Street and Florida Avenue.

J Linea units contain extensive mill work for a seamless experience with fully integrated walk-in closets, built-in desks, and full-size in-unit washer and dryers. Units span all seven floors with an additional eight on the penthouse level, and range from studios to one and two-bedroom with den and terrace options as well as unique loft-style units, which were created behind the preserved façade.

Given its boutique nature, J Linea’s amenity package is intentionally substantial to provide third-place options to residents in more modest sized units. Residents enjoy access to a fitness center, lounge spaces, and co-working booths in addition to the penthouse which includes an expansive club room with demonstration kitchen, entertainment features, and an outdoor terrace with 180-degree views of the city’s monumental core.

J Linea complements Shaw’s pedestrian scale and calls attention to the small side street, blending elements of its history with modern accents and top-of-the-line amenities to deliver residents with the epitome of luxury urban dwelling.

ArchitectureDC Magazine, p14