ReInvention AIA, DC
Izzo here: Jose and I recently took part in the the AIA’s Reinvention housing convention in Washington, DC where we toured some good residential architecture and sat in on some informative lectures. Highlights of the event were the awesome tours of housing by local architects. SeaUA, a shipping container multifamily project by Travis Price Architects started the day. Pretty interesting. Next up was a huge housing project on the site of the former DC convention center right downtown. A massive project, it had some of the most awesome roof decks I had ever seen. These were half apartments and half condos with over 300k sf of retail on the ground level which is already leased up! An amazing feat in and of itself. This project was designed by Shalom Baranes and Foster Partners. A single family house by KUBE Architectsdubbed the Salt and Pepper house (no relation to Salt n pepa) started the single family dwellings. Not a huge house, but it certainly had a lot of fun surprises around every corner. Another live work house by E/L Studio was on the tour. A small architecture office on the first floor, and a small living quarters on the second floor. Really nice use of tight quarters and really cool ceiling details. The Four Pavillion house by esteemed architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen designed in the mid 1970s and restored recently by Richard Williams, AIA. Another great small house within a very private suburban lot. Really well done. And last but certainly not least, an over the top mansion in Georgetown by Robert Gurney As sociates. I mean, check out that kitchen and wine cellar!