Restaurant Proposed For Penthouse of Hotel/Apartment Project at 5th and I

by UrbanTurf Staff

Restaurant Proposed For Penthouse of Hotel/Apartment Project at 5th and I: Figure 1
Rendering of 901 5th Street NW. Click to enlarge.

The hybrid hotel/apartment project on the boards for 901 5th Street NW (map) will have a different proportion of hotel rooms and apartments than originally planned, and may also have a restaurant or cocktail bar on the penthouse level, if the Board of Zoning Adjustment gives the green light.

The project comes from a development group led by the Peebles Corporation, which beat out three other teams in May of last year to develop the city-owned site. The other members of the development team include Walker Group, MacFarlane Partners and Standard Group. WDG Architecture designed the project.

Restaurant Proposed For Penthouse of Hotel/Apartment Project at 5th and I: Figure 2
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Original plans for the project called for a hotel on floors 1-8 with a total of 153 rooms and 5,500 square feet of “meeting/function space.” On top of the hotel would be 52 residential units on floors 9-12.

The developers recently revised their plans for the total number of hotel rooms and apartments at the project. Now, they are proposing a total of 175 hotel rooms, and 48 apartments.

Restaurant Proposed For Penthouse of Hotel/Apartment Project at 5th and I: Figure 3
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In addition, the team is asking for a special exception from the city’s proposed regulation related to penthouses “to allow a bar, cocktail lounge and/or restaurant use within the penthouse of the proposed building.”

The Board of Zoning Adjustment will consider the changes on November 10.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/a_new_scaled_back_look_for_hotel_apartment_project_planned_at_5th_and_i/10531


  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 9:14 pm on Monday November 2, 2015:
    Oh my, that is one awkward building... WDG and Peebles: In this kind of architecture, proportions and consistency are paramount. It's not too late to adjust either. The base (floors 1 & 2) is somewhat quotidian, but if the materials are good (minimum 4" thick stone--not precast; quality center-glazed windows with low-iron glass; solid & interesting hardware; etc.) and the plantings at the second floor level become reality, it can be okay. The hotel portion, flrs 3-8 isn't too bad (although I can't really tell what's in the recess, could be devastating), but the corner is inconsistent with the rest. The condo floors are where the composition really falls apart. A good start might be to reverse location of inset and projected balconies -- inset at the corner, project along the faces. Beyond that, I don't know, but you need to do something! This is such a visible location, and it already has two serious clunkers as neighbors -- 555 Mass Condominium across 5th Street and Meridian at Gallery Place across Mass Ave. We just can't have another bloated compositional wreck on this site.
  1. Nathaniel Martin said at 4:58 pm on Tuesday November 3, 2015:
    Yeah, it's as if the project team was in a meeting reviewing the base design and someone said, "Boy, this is dull--let's do something entirely different on top--doesn't matter what." Is architectural composition a lost art?

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