Best Unbuilt, 2020 MHN Excellence Awards
Towering 26-stories-tall at the corner of 18th and North Pierce Streets, Pierce at the Highlands is designed for the most discerning luxury buyer. With 104 light-filled condominium residences offering spectacular views of the DC skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows, the LEED Gold-certified tower creates a shimmering glass effect along the Potomac waterfront. Its striking glass and stone exterior showcases a bright and airy white structure, dubbed The Lantern, nestled in a contrasting volume of dark, Roman brick. The North Pierce Street-facing façade gently steps back as the tower rises to respect the city’s required design guidelines and provide a comfortable pedestrian experience below while leaving a lasting impression along the Arlington skyline. Residents enter a grand hospitality-designed lobby with a materiality and color palette inspired by the Potomac River. An elegant custom sculpture ripples through the lobby ceiling, guiding visitors toward a marble reception desk. Behind reception, hidden by a series of bronze fins, a semi-private alcove offers direct-access elevators to select homes.
Upscale units range from 1,100 to 2,000+ SF and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, 10’ ceilings, full-sized laundry rooms, hand-scraped hickory flooring, Thermador appliances, Italian-designed kitchens with oversized islands, heated bathroom floors, spa-inspired showers, quartz countertops, wine refrigerators, spacious dens, and walk-in closets. 50% have private elevator access while 95% include private, room-sized balconies with expansive views. Every kitchen includes a bonus room residents can customize at their discretion such as adding a butler’s pantry or additional storage. In addition to balconies, two especially unique units feature private rooftop terraces directly above. Cohesive finishes allow residents to combine adjacent units by removing the separating wall.
In addition to 24-hour concierge service, Pierce residents enjoy exclusive luxury amenities including a pet spa, reserved underground parking with EV charging stations, and a boutique yoga studio overlooking a double-height fitness facility with views of the nearby park. A 26th-floor entertainment lounge offers a catering kitchen and access to a private rooftop terrace with a fireplace, grilling stations, and dining space. A custom-commissioned art program contributes to the luxurious experience, providing original works by local female artists throughout public spaces. Residents have the option to join the neighboring residence’s landscaped rooftop and resort-style 65-foot-long pool. The grand condominium raises the standard of luxury living.