Attracting New Tenants to the Historic Army Navy Building

OTJ was tasked to create a unique, high-end amenity space within the storied Army Navy Club building that would serve to drive leasing activity.  The design interprets the historic context of the building through the lens of contemporary architecture while connecting the property’s commercial side to its illustrious namesake club, located on the first four floors of the building.

Built in 1912, the Army Navy Club is an iconic property that occupies a privileged position in the city’s architectural history. The design team drew inspiration both from the Club itself and from hospitality concepts found in the city’s many recent boutique hotels.

Accessible from the 12th floor, the amenity space flows effortlessly into a newly created penthouse above. The levels are connected by a new statement staircase designed to greet visitors upon entry and evoke both the space’s rich heritage and the urbane vibe of a boutique hotel. The staircase also allows for natural light to penetrate into the space, previously hindered by a limited number of windows.

In order to increase dedicated square footage, designers elected to repurpose leasable offices on the 12th floor. Designers also re-routed mechanical equipment to transform a cluttered, underutilized storage room into the penthouse portion of the space. Lastly, a new elevator was installed without extending the penthouse roof to provide access between both floors of the amenity space.

Complete with panoramic views of Farragut Park and the city, plush seating, and state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities (including seamless mobile device content syncing throughout), the penthouse has become a focal point of building life and the centerpiece of this strategic repositioning. The space as a whole features multiple tenant break out spaces, a bar, seating areas, a conference room, rooftop terrace access, and a community entertainment center.

Aesthetically, the new amenity space nods to the history and grandeur of the adjacent club and hotel through bespoke carpentry and historic photographs of the building, located by the property ownership team in partnership with the local art community. Bold modern artwork set against an understated palette along with contemporary accents imparts a high-end residential feel to the lounge and penthouse.

The success of the project rests in no small part in the collaborative approach espoused by all involved – from stakeholders to designer and contractors. Working hand-in-hand, the team delivered the project on time and on budget while carefully navigating a limited construction schedule mandated by the adjacent hotel and office operating hours.

If you have any questions about the Army Navy building or building repositioning strategies, please contact OTJ Architects today by calling 202-621-1000 or visit today!  You can also follow OTJ Architects on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.

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