Bailey Lofts

Washington, District of Columbia
Location
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2011
  • This project page was created by community member Suzane Reatig Architecture

    A nine-unit infill apartment building located across from the Metro, Bailey Lofts is a welcoming, bright addition to the neighborhood.

    From the street, colorful aluminum panels draw passersby in, while corner-wrapping windows give residents a feeling of openness and a sense of eyes on the community.

    Originally intended to replace a dilapidated six-unit home for the elderly, part of the neighboring church’s congregation, we designed the building to be multi-generational. An elevator, parking, and single-level residences on the first and second floors keep the units accessible for the elderly. Top floor apartments feature double-height spaces and mezzanines that lead to private outdoor terraces.

    To give residents the feeling of living in an open and airy house while in the city center, all units have multiple exposures and floor-to-ceiling windows. Situating the building a half story above street grade keeps it connected to the street yet offers a sense of privacy.

    Set in an architecturally diverse context amidst brick garden apartments, historic Victorian row homes, and a white masonry church, the building highlights the urban buzz of the surrounding community, adds cheerfulness to the street and comfort to its inhabitants.

    Brightly colored aluminum panels draw passersby in while corner-wrapping windows give residents a feeling of openness and sense of eyes on the community. Photo  of Bailey Lofts modern home

    Brightly colored aluminum panels draw passersby in while corner-wrapping windows give residents a feeling of openness and sense of eyes on the community.

    Front entrance to the building Photo 2 of Bailey Lofts modern home

    Front entrance to the building

    Double-height living space and open riser stair. Photo 3 of Bailey Lofts modern home

    Double-height living space and open riser stair.

    Kitchen with mezzanine above Photo 4 of Bailey Lofts modern home

    Kitchen with mezzanine above

    View to neighboring buildings Photo 5 of Bailey Lofts modern home

    View to neighboring buildings

    Rooftop terrace Photo 6 of Bailey Lofts modern home

    Rooftop terrace