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Watergate Apartment / Robert Gurney Architect

  • 01:00 - 14 February, 2011
Watergate Apartment / Robert Gurney Architect
Watergate Apartment / Robert Gurney Architect, © Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer © Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer © Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer © Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer +21

From the architect. The Watergate complex, in Washington DC consists of five buildings sited on ten acres overlooking the Potomac River and was built between 1963 and 1972. Designed by Italian Architect Luigi Moretti, the Watergate is considered one of Washington’s most desirable addresses.

© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

This 1,250 square foot unit is located on the fourteenth floor and was never previously renovated. Compartmentalized spaces with ceiling heights less than 8’-4” high presented the perception of a low horizontal environment. Offsetting these less than optimal existing conditions are spectacular views along the Potomac River looking toward the landmark Francis Scott Key Bridge.

© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

The interior was gutted to essential structure and plumbing, electrical and mechanical infrastructure. Flooring was removed to the concrete slab. In reference to the client’s program and in deference to the view, the space was reconfigured with a formal clarity to provide open living spaces with river view orientation. An integral plastered wall initiated near the entry organizes the apartment and angles to direct views along the river and toward the Key Bridge. Planar walls and cabinetry elements combine with clear and translucent glass to further organize and define spaces.

© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

An extended material palette is intended to be subtle and refined. Detailing is minimal and crisp. White terrazzo flooring becomes the stage for Walnut wall paneling, white ash millwork, luminous glass walls, integral charcoal plaster, aluminum and black concrete. Strips of stainless steel are inset into the white terrazzo to reinforce established geometries and floating ceiling planes. Forms and textures serve to both unify and diversify spatial qualities.

© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

In this project the architecture is intended to provide a framework for the furnishings and the view while minimizing the sense of the pre-existing low, horizontal environment.

© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Watergate Apartment / Robert Gurney Architect" 14 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/111606/watergate-apartment-robert-gurney-architect/>
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Winston Real Estate · June 25, 2012

Take a look at this gorgeous Watergate property designed by architect Robert Gurney http://t.co/1BsK05xT

FloorKing · February 27, 2011

Great solution,clean and elegant

wiarafracaroli · February 18, 2011

Vou sumir daqui e ir morar no Complexo Watergate...Fácil assim.
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Wiara Fracaroli · February 18, 2011

Vou sumir daqui e ir morar no Complexo Watergate...Fácil assim.
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Rafael Rodrigues · February 16, 2011

elegant and clean... congratulations!

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