Tuesday, April 03, 2012

IMF Releases New Renderings for Dupont Hotel


The IMF has released new renderings for the hotel it is fashioning on New Hampshire Avenue in Dupont Circle. The 1964 structure has been used as an IMF apartment building, but with the building in dire need of a renovation and eating up a chunk of IMF dollars, Fund planners decided to sell one of the two buildings that comprised the apartment complex and renovate the remaining building.

With visions a LEED Gold building, the IMF and architecture firm Bonstra | Haresign are in the midst of a full gut and renovation of the building, and have designed a new skin on top of the old shell complete with rain screen (a kind of waterproof membrane under the skin, with breathable cavity in between) and super efficient glass curtainwall system, adding 20 units to the 100-unit building. The building is expected to be completed in about a year. Below are renderings of the new structure. Washington D.C. real estate development news

9 comments:

Adam L on Apr 3, 2012, 4:52:00 PM said...

Bland, but what were to expect?

Anonymous said...

agreed, ho hum...

Anonymous said...

Agreed - Architecture is bland. But who is to blame? The architect? In my view until surrounding LOUD neighbors that have a heavy hand in the architecture of buildings in this City open their mind to architecture that is different than what was there before it will just be easier to do the status quo during the entitlement and approval process...

Eric said...

I don't think its the neighbors, I don't believe this has gone through the ANC. Its a shame because its an odd corner and had the chance of becoming a bit more remarkable.

A-lo on Apr 4, 2012, 1:07:00 PM said...

You also have to consider the building's owner, the IMF. They may very well have intended to build a nondescript building specifically so as not to draw attention.

Anonymous said...

What a shame. Boring. This could have been something really interesting given that zippy angle on the front facade.

Anonymous said...

The neighborhood is full of nice row houses and interesting architecture. This looks like a crappy office building and will stand out like a sore thumb. The construction has been going on for months already, it seems, and it's loud and annoying. Parked cars are being covered with concrete dust (and God knows what else).

It's transitioning from an earsore to an eyesore.

Anonymous said...

terribly boring. fits right in. looks like Bonstra Haresign is the next architect to be ostracized by the architectural community.(following right behind Colbert)

Anonymous said...

architectural community?! Like the shlock in the magazines that no one likes?
gimme a break!
you avant-gardists who would like to see a bunch of sculptural, nonsensical, overbudget BS architecture everywhere do not represent what the local citizens want in DC. get over yourselves.

 

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