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Design underway on D.C. luxury apartment project.

Design is underway for Westbrooke Place, an upscale luxury apartment project planned for northwest Washington, D.C. through a joint venture of IBG Development and a U.S. subsidiary of Sydney, Australia-based Citistate. Dewberry & Davis/Habib Architects, a Fairfax, VA-based architectural firm, is designing the 8-story, 169,963 square foot building to complement both the residential and urban character of surrounding structures.

According to Director of Design Tsutomu Ben Kishimoto, AIA, Dewberry & Davis/Habib associate, the building will be a transition point between the city's commercial West End district, the DuPont Circle residential area, and Rock Creek Park. "The project is articulated through design elements that read as distinct, smaller-scale buildings each responding in a specific way to its own micro-context while still acting together as a cohesive whole," he says.

A key element in the development of a conceptual design has been extensive community review of the project. For instance, the building's 22nd Street elevation, facing an existing residential area, will resemble a row of town-houses, integrating the new building with an historic structure located on the site toward 23rd Street. In contrast, the N Street elevation is bracketed by the historic structure and new town-houses, appearing as a new structure broken down into three separate building elements.

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Title Annotation:Westbrooke Place, Washington D.C.
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Date:Apr 1, 1991
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