Tour: The Apollo

  • Date

    Tuesday, June 27 2017

  • Time


  • Location

    The Apollo

The Apollo is a large scale, mixed-use project located in northeast Washington DC in the rapidly expanding H Street corridor. Join architects SK+I for a tour that will focus on the entitlement process and the exterior architecture which incorporates a two-story Whole Foods Market and a three-story We Work facility. Participants will also venture inside to tour the innovative interior amenity spaces and expansive rooftop.

The project connects multiple lots facing four streets around the block and, in order to accommodate the building massing and the necessary footprint, the lots have been grouped and alley configurations been modified and straddles two zones. The building is composed of a solid, 6-story brick base with varied brick detailing at each end and a regular geometry of punched windows, which anchors the composition to the urban grid. A lighter, more transparent two- story element composed of aluminum windows and aluminum panels, articulates the corners, the tops, and main vertical and horizontal building accents. This lighter element varies its geometry to create recesses and set-backs in the urban skyline, resulting in more light and air reaching the street.

The project is in the process of receiving a LEED Gold Certification and includes green roofs, rooftop garden plots and numerous public and private landscaped areas. Energy efficient building systems as well as numerous transportation options also add to the “green” nature of the project.

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

1. List the features of the project that helped to qualify it for LEED Gold Certification;
2. Discuss how the various uses of the project benefit the health of the occupants and the neighborhood;
3. Describe how the design of the building accommodates for more light and air to reach the street; and
4. Discuss the transportation options available in the vicinity of the project.