1101 K Street

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The site of 1101 K Street occupies a unique location in DC’s downtown: the sidewalk in this area expands to 50-feet wide, making it possible to construct a plaza and garden within the sidewalk space and not just the customary streetscape. LAB’s design takes advantage of the area’s large pedestrian population to provide a useful space for tenants, flexible public space for users of the building’s retail shops and restaurants, and a sensorily exciting place for the public. This project also explores advanced methods of environmental stewardship in highly-urbanized settings, utilizing expansive below-grade soil vaults and connective root trenching to provide soil conditions capable of sustaining large canopy trees and mixed plantings. Organized into a set of sinuous forms, plantings and sculpture unite the site with the building’s entrance and outdoor restaurant seating. These forms, legible to building occupants above, weave their way through a grove of trees and lights and encourage meandering pedestrian routes in addition to providing a sheltered, intimate dining experience.

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