Atlantic Plumbing Residences is a two building, 400 unit, high-end residential and retail project located in Washington DC’s post industrial Northwest Quarter on the old site of the Atlantic Plumbing Suppliers. Conceptually, the landscape draws from found elements of an industrial history along with elements from a found condition of abandonment. Prior to construction, the site consisted of a collection of brick and steel buildings colonized by a hardy array of wild urban plants. The planting palette specifically reflects this spontaneous condition and pairs it with plants from Virginia’s natural ecology. The landscape at Atlantic Plumbing is more than a ground condition and the landscape manifests in a series of rooftop gardens, a four-story high green wall, a steel exoskeleton that doubles as a trellis for climbing plants, and a series of window boxes that are integrated into the building’s façade. On the roof, a bar and pool area with custom-made wooden steps provide residents with unique views of both downtown D.C. and of trendy crowds outside of neighboring indie rock venue, the 9:30 Club. To complement and enhance the streetlevel programming, Future Green re-envisioned the streetscape with a singular language to unify the two buildings; adding trees, corten planters with urban meadow plantings and a distinctive permeable cobble strip along V and 9th Streets.
The project is currently under construction and has been designated "one of the hippest places to live" in Washington DC. The steel exoskeleton of the largest building is going up and roof terraces are being prepared for a spring planting. Units at 2030 8th Street will be available for move-in by spring 2015.
Photo Credit: K•Taro Hashimura