The Kiley
Washington, DC
CLIENT
Urban Investment Partners
STATUS
In Construction
SERVICES
Architecture
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Program

276,000-sf, 8 story, 315-unit residential with 2 levels of below grade parking for 300 spaces.

Description

Located near the Southwest Waterfront District in Washington, D.C., The Kiley, a new eight-story residential building, offers 315 units, ranging from studios up to 3 bedrooms and duplexes on the ground floor, amenity spaces, a rooftop fitness center, swimming pool, large roof terraces and below-grade parking for 300 cars.

Nestled among historic landmarks, the building sits right across from the original Capitol Park Towers, a nine-story Modernist apartment building designed by Chloethiel Woodard Smith. Built in 1962 within the larger Capitol Park development, the project integrates many unique Mid-century modern design elements such as the use of terra cotta screen tiles, lattice patterned facades, distinctive concrete vaulted roofs for parking structure and whimsical sculptures throughout the site. Best known for its park-like setting, the north courtyard features a Modernist landscape design by Dan Kiley.

The new building’s north and south facades have been carefully composed to reinterpret the original building’s tripartite composition and reinforce Kiley’s geometrically arranged landscape. The 600-ft long facades, clad entirely in an architectural precast concrete skeleton, create a six-part organization punctuated by stacked sets of recessed balconies. The details in the precast panels that resemble inset terra cotta tiles pay homage to the original building’s dominating architectural expression and its articulation provides visual rhythm.

The seven of the original concrete vaulted canopies would be replicated and set within the base of the building to create a focal point between the residential amenity space and the north courtyard. An open glass-covered bridge canopy is proposed to provide transparency and a connection between the two buildings.

Through design review and the public hearing process with the DC State Historic Preservation Office and the Historic Preservation Review Board, and the guide and consultation from EHT Traceries, the proposed building and landscape design, including aesthetics, scale, compatibility, detail and materiality, has been thoroughly reviewed and refined. A simple massing and streamlined design vocabulary employed in the proposed building will complement the presence of the original building, and the proposed landscape plan celebrates the authentic quality of Kiley’s vision.

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