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  • Architects: Square 134 Architects
  • Location: 1219 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, United States
  • Lead Architects: Samson S. Cheng AIA, Ronald P. Schneck Jr. AIA
  • Area: 14968.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Jessica Marcotte
  • Developer: Ditto Residential
  • Mep Engineer: KK Engineering
  • Structural Engineer: FMC & Associates
  • Civil Engineer: Oyster, Imus, Petzold & Associates
  • Mural Artist: Lisa Marie Thalhammer

© Jessica Marcotte

© Jessica Marcotte

Text description provided by the architects. The Oslo is an urban infill project on Florida Ave NE in the growing Atlas district. The area has seen a rapid influx of young professionals in the last ten years. The Oslo caters to this group with on-trend boutique group living. The building is an eight-unit multifamily project.


© Jessica Marcotte

© Jessica Marcotte

Each of the eight units has five bedrooms, each with a private bath. This unique layout makes the units ideal for young, single professionals. The monolithic modern façade clad in manganese iron spot brick is split down the center by a monumental entry court.




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© Jessica Marcotte

The entry court design was partially driven by the need for an accessible ramp as well as the design team’s desire to provide a transition from the busy Florida Ave to the building entry. The ramp floats above a serene communal terrace located at the cellar level. The back of the structure brings vibrant color to an otherwise dull alley area.


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The rear façade contains a 40-foot-high, brightly colored mural by a local artist. The building massing and stark material selection create a striking yet minimal design that elevates the structure from conventional new construction to a building with detailing and finishes typical of high design modernism. 


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