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 Sliding from Before to After

If you spend much time on 4th Street in the Yards, you can be forgiven for looking at the concrete skeleton rising up next to the Foundry Lofts and assuming that Forest City's Arris is going to just be another boxy DC apartment building.
And that is more or less true--for the five floors that have been built.
But there's for the next six floors, there's going to be a shift, as the design--by Robert A.M. Stern Architects--turns into a very angled, wavy, and even slightly off-centered ultra-modern offering. It's going to look like a glass tower was plopped not-altogether-carefully on top of a rectangular brick low-rise offering.
Look closely at the renderings (click to enlarge), which both show the building from Water Street, and compare them to the above photo, counting the floors already constructed to confirm that along 4th Street the construction is about to look very un-rectangular:
On the building's west side, next to the Foundry Lofts, there will be no glass top, but instead three eight-story mini-towers, with two private courtyards. It's not quite so easy to get photos that clearly show the "reverse-E" outline of the west side, but I did at least try.
The from-above rendering also gives a good view of the rooftop "amenities deck" on the glass tower.
One thing not readily apparently in the drawings is how much taller this building is going to be than anything nearby. So, get ready for a veeeeeery different skyline in the coming weeks.
Arris has 20,000 square feet of retail on three sides of the building's ground floor, facing 4th, Tingey, and Water streets, and the building is scheduled to open late this year or early next year.
There's more drawings and photos on my project page, including some "before" shots of the building's footprint that emphasize how much this block has changed, even before work started on Arris.
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G Street says: (2/3/15 1:50 PM)
Impressive design.


crispy says: (2/3/15 1:54 PM)
This looks awesome! Do we know if the retail space on the ground is planned for restaurants or shops? Or is too far off to know that?


JD says: (2/3/15 1:57 PM)
I imagine it will be a mix of whatever retailers Forest City can sign. They have signaled a desire to have a well-rounded mix of offerings, and not just big chains (as you can see from the Boilermaker Shops and Twelve12).

(Also, I suppose I could be dinged for calling it un-boxy when there's still nothing but sharp edges. But small steps in this city....!)


Alan says: (2/3/15 2:24 PM)
Can we start calling this building the Arris Teeter building based on name and architectural design?


JD says: (2/3/15 2:26 PM)
@Alan:

:clap: :clap:

Or maybe the 'Arris Teeter, guvnor?



JES says: (2/4/15 4:20 PM)
I just saw in the press release on PoPville that they're still aiming for "its completion in late 2015."

Lol, sure. Okay. That'll DEFINITELY happen.


JES says: (2/7/15 2:07 PM)
Anyone have any idea what the retail leasing situation is? Full? Not full? Not even started yet? Just wondering.


JD says: (2/7/15 2:11 PM)
Jumping the gun just a wee bit there. They haven't announced anything yet.

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