Georgetown University has gone back and forth with the Old Georgetown Board over the design of their planned new athletic center. Too big at one point, too small at another, GU has been a bit whip-lashed.
They’ve now released new designs of the facility (h/t the Hoya):
These designs ostensibly address the concerns of the Commission of Fine Arts expressed that the last designs were “too residential”:
Two new projects have appeared on the 3200 block of M St. over the past month: All Saints, and Calvin Klein Underwear. In both cases, the design choices seem potentially troublesome. Did the OGB drop the ball by approving these projects?
All Saints is actually a pretty nice renovation. Between the old billboard-style type in the name across the top of the building and the repeating rows of sewing machines in the window, the building has a vaguely steam punk feel.
And that’s all great and definitely a step up from the generic look it had before. But doesn’t that black building paint give this tall building a rather looming feeling over the block. It has the potential to be a giant black hole in the middle of the streetscape.
The Calvin Klein Underwear store is troubling for a different reason. While Carol Joynt has complained about the anatomy lesson in the window, GM is concerned about the architectural features. The bay window was built to replace the faux-historic bay window that served the Body Shop. Continue reading
As GM mentioned yesterday, the Argos Group is presenting its plans for the Hurt Home to the ANC and Old Georgetown Board next week. GM got a copy of those plans; here’s what’s in them.
The general framework of the plan is the same as it was when it was giving the public nod in the summer. Namely, the building will be converted into 15 condos. The condos will be contained within the original building and the 1924 addition (which is the part of the front facade that juts out to the east, but which looks the same as the rest of the facade). The other later additions to the back of the building will be removed. Thirty parking spaces will be constructed by adding to the existing surface lot.
Here are some new details:
Here is the plan for the parking lot. The existing lot is the light gray part and the darker gray is the proposed additions. Despite the fact they are proposing increasing parking spots by about 50%, the actual area of the lot appears to grow much less than that (particularly in the direction of the grassy area). The plan calls for the use of permeable surfaces such that the total amount of impermeable surface may be lower after the changes. Continue reading