Credit: Alan Karchmer

The Hepburn

BBB’s design for a bold, contemporary residential building adjacent to the landmark Washington Hilton near Dupont Circle takes cues from the hotel’s distinctive curvilinear geometry.

Inspired by the sculptural expression of the historic hotel building, the goal was to complement the original architect’s art form in a manner that also responds to the sensitive historic context. The sloped site’s irregular shape called for an addition that carefully harmonizes with the geometric quality of the hotel and respects its height and scale. The glass facade is an intentional contrast to the concrete grid-work of the existing structure, while its semicircular form responds to the hotel’s double arc, creating two primary open spaces: the interior hotel courtyard to the north and the residential terrace to the south. Expansive views of the city are maximized with rooftop amenities including an indoor “Great Room” and multiple outdoor terraces and pool. A series of ground floor lounges and activity rooms create communal and intimate spaces, allowing residents to socialize with neighbors or relax in privacy. Constructed in 1965, the Washington Hilton is one of DC’s most important examples of the expressionist mode of mid-century modern architecture. As part of the project, BBB successfully advocated for the hotel’s designation as a historic landmark.

 

Client

Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group and National Real Estate Advisors

Location

Washington, DC

Size

260,000 SF

Completed

2016

People

FAIA
Partner, Director of the DC Office
Partner-in-Charge
AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Associate Partner
AIA, LEED AP
Senior Associate