1225 Lofts is a 78-unit, 8 story condominium building developed in Logan Circle in Northwest Washington, DC. The project consisted of the complete gut rehab and conversion of an existing 1950s-built structure into a modern loft condominium building. 1225 Lofts was one of the first major redevelopments to take place in Logan Circle and served as an important factor in that area’s transition to one of the most sought-after urban residential locations in Washington, DC.
One of the noteworthy design challenges on this project was to address the eight-foot concrete deck-to-deck ceiling height constraint of the existing structure. To do this, the loft concept was introduced, achieved by the saw-cutting of structural floor slabs and addition of structural steel beams on every other floor, to create modern two story loft spaces in several of the units, completed with steel spiral stairs and two-story window walls. Another important design objective was to address the dated appearance of the building’s yellow glazed brick exterior. To do this, large portions of the building’s masonry skin were cut and removed, and projecting window bays with substantial glazing and modern metal panels were installed, serving to largely re-characterize the building’s street front appearance. Construction also included the full demolition of the building interior and installation of modern unit layouts with all new life-safety, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.