A CLEAR VIEW
At 506 O Street NW, a U-shaped building creates two equal three-story units that mirror one another. In a city where nature and sky are scarce, a central courtyard planted with a crepe myrtle tree separates the two units and provides a welcoming entrance and comfortable outdoor living space.
Large storefront windows encourage a dialogue between units as well as the surrounding neighborhood. By building open and inviting buildings, Suzane Reatig Architecture has taken an active role in improving the neighborhood and presenting a new image to the community.
When you construct a building to look like a fortress, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy; our goal is to challenge this tendency in urban design.
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Two equal three-story units mirror each other, facing a central courtyard and providing a clear view to the neighborhood beyond.
A Japanese rock garden is an atypical Washington, DC row house yard.
Interior stairs that face the central court.
Corner-wrapping windows are open to the neighborhood.
High windows on the ground floor provide privacy.