Apartment One – Washington, DC by Sorg Architects

Some landmark buildings are intriguing solely based on wondrous design. Apartment One in Washington, D.C. is located in the 1906-built Wendell Mansions, the renowned social hub during the Kennedy Administration, making it that much more alluring. The recently completed renovation by Sorg Architects incorporates a modern dream home into an original Beaux Arts-style apartment boasting remarkable historic character.

Catering to its artist owner, this urban dwelling features a brand new painting studio, kitchen and bathrooms. Updated spaces include the living room, dining room, conservatory and library, while all mesh a modern flair with the classically-adorned spaces. Clearly, it takes just the right balance to harmonize centuries-apart design into an incredible transformation–and this place aces it!

The traditional layout featured many broken-up rooms, yet the redesign allows for spacious living areas to interconnect with each other with a magnificent use of glazing such as in the marble-clad kitchen and spa bathroom.

A light color palette of walls and mix of light wood flooring feels airy, while striking lighting design in both modern fixtures and classic chandeliers imparts vibrant light throughout this contemporary flat. Meanwhile furnishings are a fantastic juxtaposition, with hues of red and pink, purple and grey, and cobalt and lime bursting with verve across the mid-century furnishings. The ornate mouldings and trim as back-drop to the modern elements take this design excellence to another level completely.

The oversized oil-on-canvas paintings by the artist are exquisite installations across the interiors. Most walls were painted pure white to best exhibit the abstract art, which creates a gallery-like feel to these flowing spaces. In fact, these bold works seem as if they’ve been there forever, as they fit so splendidly within the renovated home.

Apartment One is an elegant and fresh modern dream home, where historic charm unifies with minimalist beauty, leaving the owner one lucky person and the rest of us downright smitten.(via)



1 Comment
  • Adam P.
    September 3, 2013

    Very interesting! If I looked at those photos and didn´t know the background I would say there are two different apartments pictured on them. At least at first sight…Nevertheless, the modern and the classic fit together perfectly in this case and I think all those light colors and general brightness of the place have much to do with that. Together with the artwork they represent perfect unifying elements for this kind of space. One little objection from my side in respect of the crystal chandeliers though…I would definitely pick less intricate ones. Something with simpler lines that wouldn´t draw as much attention to itself.

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