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1700 K Street

Washington, D.C.  Map
2000–05
Lead Designers
James Ingo Freed Roy G. Barris

This office building respects the scale and character of two two very different urban scenes: historic Farragut Square on one side and K Street, a major commercial boulevard, on the other.

On Farragut Square, the building has a formal masonry facade with monumentally proportioned punched windows, deeply recessed within a frame of stone-clad lintels and piers, creating a restrained presence at street level. K Street called for a more animated facade of metal and glass, composed of floor-to-ceiling windows suspended within colonettes that articulate a 10-foot modular bay.

Show Facts
Site

Corner fronting historic Farragut Square and K Street

Components

12 floors above grade comprising 11 office floors (22,300–33,600 s/f per floor) over street level retail (18,300 s/f) and two-story entrance lobby. 4 levels below grade consisting of 10,900 s/f rentable space and parking for 225 cars.

Client

Charles E. Smith Commercial Realty; Potomac Investment Properties, Inc.; Southern Engineering Corp.

PCF&P Services

Architecture, exterior envelope, interior design of public spaces

Awards

Building of the Year Award
Building Owners and Managers Association, 2009

Best Urban Office Award
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, 2006

The office floors above are dramatically cantilevered over K Street, creating an open pedestrian arcade. At street level, the storefront’s boutique windows are wrapped in broad frames of stainless steel and set between granite piers, and an expressive glass and metal marquee crowns the main lobby entrance.
Project Credits

Associate Architect: Weihe Design Group PLLC, Washington, D.C.; Structural: SK&A-Smislova, Kehnemui & Associates, P.A., Washington, D.C.; Mechanical / Electrical: Girard Engineering, McLean, VA; Civil Engineer: VIKA, Inc., McLean, VA; Images: Alan Karchmer