Washington, District of Columbia
Architect/Designer | Torti Gallas Urban
Builder | Foulger Pratt Construction
Developer | Foulger Pratt
Land Planner | Torti Gallas Urban
Landscape Architect/Designer | Parker Rodriguez
Interior Designer | MSA Interiors
Green Verifier/Rater | LEED
Photographer | Brian Tomaino (TGU); Doug Sanford
One 501 Eckington brings vitality and artistry to a former vacant lot in northeast Washington, DC. adjacent to the Metro train tracks. The mixed-use development, offering retail and rental apartments, serves as an anchor to the newly developed Alethia Tanner Park.
The building has a modern industrial feel with a strong dedication to the arts. From the public-facing murals that enliven the community to the unique amenities, including an art studio, One 501 Eckington weaves art into daily life.
In addition to budget constraints, a key design challenge was the diagonal slope of the site. This was addressed in the design of nine two-story artists’ lofts, with living space on the second floor and first-floor studios that open directly to the public along the park.
The building has easy access to the Metropolitan Branch Trail and includes a landscaped courtyard with a pool, seating areas, a green roof and a rooftop deck. Street-level retail enlivens the pedestrian experience and offers residents shopping and dining at their doorstep. The massing and façade effectively bridge the park/tracks on one side and existing residential on the other, creating a cohesive urban plan that contributes positively to the neighborhood.