ARTVIEW / H SPACE
Located at the east end of the U Street Corridor in Washington, DC, the ArtView / H Space Development is comprised of two structures linked by an inner courtyard. The property is unique as it is a through-lot that fronts both 9th and 9 ½ Streets. Being presented with two fronts on the property turned out to be serendipitous as two distinct programs were presented by the owner. The first, the ArtView Condominiums, will support the second and includes retail space at the street level and high-end residential condominiums on second through fourth floors fronting 9th Street. The program to be supported, H Space, includes art exhibition space the at ground level and artist live/work spaces on the second and third floors. Programming for H Space will be a collaboration between CulturalDC and Hamiltonian Artists. CulturalDC makes space for art, serving artists and arts groups through the activation of art space and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts. Hamiltonian Artists serves as a creative incubator for those who have finished their academic training and are transitioning into a career as an exhibiting artist. This structure, smaller in scale, takes it cues from warehouses on the west side of 9 ½ Street and small row-houses to the south.
The project is designed to a high level of environmental sustainability. In addition to features such as green roofs, photovoltaic panels, and high-performing SIP & rain screen exterior walls, the project has an innovative storm-water system wherein 98% of the rainwater falling on the site is either absorbed by the green roof or collected in a tank, filtered, and used for toilet flushing. The project anticipates LEED Gold certification.