1225 Lofts

Washington, DC

1225 Lofts, originally built in 1950, was last used as a combination of a residential, office, classroom and retirement type facility. In an effort to revitalize the property and the general area the building was completely gutted and redesigned to accommodate 78 residential units, many containing loft arrangements.

One of the noteworthy design challenges on this project was to address the eight-foot concrete deck-to-deck ceiling height constraint of the existing structure. To do this, the loft concept was introduced, achieved by the saw-cutting of structural floor slabs and addition of structural steel beams on every other floor, to create modern two story loft spaces in several of the units, completed with steel spiral stairs and two-story window walls. Construction also included the full demolition of the building interior and installation of modern unit layouts with all new life-safety, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The exterior facade was redesigned to capture the Art Deco style.

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Project Data

78 total residential units consisting of:
- 30 one bedrooms
- 7 one bedroom with dens
- 7 two bedrooms
- 1 one bedroom loft
- 9 studios
- 1 two bedroom loft with den
- 23 two bedroom lofts
below grade parking for 19 cars
site area - 14,116 sf
building area - 72,000 sf
2 units are ADA Compliant
78 units are Fair Housing Act Compliant


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