Last year, Eastbanc bought the gas station property at the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. and M St. The developer hired premier Portgugese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. And here is what he designed for the site.
Lots of brick, eh?
Frankly this is a bit of a disappointment for GM. Anthony Lanier has cautioned the community to be open-minded to the design. That led GM to believe Souto de Moura had something more radical planned. Something more like this house he designed:
Or the Paulo Rego museum:
The plans for Georgetown look like some bland 1980s corporate design. Granted, that is not inconsistent with the Four Seasons building directly to the south:
Maybe it’s just inevitable that the final design will get henpecked into blandness. But it would be a lot more fun if the opening bid were more audacious.