A dash of New York industrial chic has arrived in the District in the form of 2030 8th Street at Atlantic Plumbing.
The condominium in Northwest Washington’s Shaw neighborhood was built by the JBG Companies and Walton Street Capital and designed by architect Morris Adjmi, best known for his buildings in the Meatpacking District along the High Line in Manhattan.
The condo and rental building next door at 2112 Eighth St. NW were constructed on the grounds of what had been a plumbing supply warehouse, hence the name. Like the New York buildings its architect designed, the Atlantic Plumbing development has a contemporary style with walls of glass defined and supported by metal exterior framing that creates a super-size bricklike pattern.
“We wanted a large glass building, yet one that fits in with the language of the neighborhood where there are a lot of brick homes,” says Adjmi, principal of Morris Adjmi Architects in New York. “The metal structure has channels set in to resemble factory walls.”
Adjmi was hired by James Nozar, a senior vice president of development for the JBG Companies, after Nozar discovered that Adjmi had designed many of his favorite New York buildings.
“When I visited the Atlantic Plumbing site, it reminded me a little of the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, which was off the beaten path when I first started building there,” Adjmi says. “This part of Shaw is close to the U Street corridor, but it’s still a transitional neighborhood between that area and Howard University.”
Gum wall: While traveling back to New York City, Adjmi drew inspiration from the industrial landscape along the train tracks.
“Some of the buildings are being repurposed while others are in a state of decay, but one thing I kept noticing was the plants and vines that were growing on abandoned buildings,” he says. “I like that combination of rough industrial architecture softened by nature, so I designed containers for the roof terraces on the Atlantic Plumbing buildings. The 2030 building will also have trailing vines planted on the top of the rooftop clubhouse.”
Adjmi and JBG salvaged signs from the original warehouse and even kept a “gum wall” from the adjacent 9:30 Club to use as an interior piece in the 2112 building.
“People used to stick their gum on the wall when they went outside to smoke during concerts, and the wall became this interesting feature,” Adjmi says. “I try to take artifacts and use them to tie new buildings to the existing neighborhood.”
Adjmi’s attention to detail extended to his interior designs for Atlantic Plumbing, where an industrial-looking cork floor lines each hallway to add a little New York flair to the building, says Bryan Moll, a senior vice president for development for JBG.
“Morris designed the elevator doors with an etched accordion pattern so they look like the old-fashioned doors in a commercial building,” Moll says.
Living in a glass case: Walls of glass are a hallmark of the Atlantic Plumbing buildings, along with contemporary-style fixtures and finishes such as open floor plans, engineered hardwood flooring, a movable kitchen island, sleek stainless steel appliances, engineered quartz counters that resemble concrete and a subway tile backsplash. The kitchen cabinets open like garage doors and are a mix of open and closed shelving. A sleek stainless steel shelf stretches across the backsplash for extra storage space, and a similar shelf has been installed in each bathroom.
“The units come in a choice of two color palettes for the floor and the kitchen cabinets and counters,” Moll says. “We alternate them floor by floor so buyers have a choice of the same unit with different colors.”
Unit 204, a junior one-bedroom with 540 square feet, has already been sold. But unit 504, a similar size unit, is available. It’s priced at $454,900 with a condo fee of $353 per month. The unit feels larger than its size because of its walls of windows, high ceiling and the use of barn doors that slide open and shut to conceal the bedroom area. Pocket doors to the bathroom allow it to be accessible from the unit’s hall as well as the bedroom.
Unit 402 is furnished with one bedroom and one bathroom and priced at $639,900. It features a built-in bar of honed granite, walls of open shelving and details such as pipes used as curtain rods. This 751-square-foot unit has a monthly condo fee of $491.
“We have five south-facing penthouses, each with a spiral staircase that connects the main living level with the loft area that has access to a private terrace,” Moll says.
Bedroom-size closet: Four of the penthouses are still available.
Penthouse PH1, with 1,850 square feet and a 700-square-foot terrace, is priced at $1.999 million. The unit has a two-sided fireplace that defines the living and dining area and a master suite with a bedroom-size walk-in closet, a bedroom with a wall of windows and a private bath with an extended sink with two faucets. This unit has a second bedroom and a second full bath.
The 2030 building has most of its amenities on the roof, where residents can enjoy a terrace with views of the rooftops and monuments of the city. A glass-enclosed community room on the roof includes a catering kitchen and a glass room divider to use for private parties. Nearby is a glass-enclosed fitness center. The 25-car garage has bike storage space and concierge services. Two parking spaces are still available, priced at $49,500 each.
“Once we finish the rental building across the street, residents in 2030 will be able to pay a small annual fee to use their amenities, which will include a rooftop pool, two clubrooms, a movie room and a larger fitness center,” Moll says.
Eating and shopping: Atlantic Plumbing is within blocks of multiple restaurants and bars as well as next door to the 9:30 Club music venue. More restaurants and shops are scheduled to open on the ground floor of the two residential buildings and in the nearby Shay apartments, including one from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, owners of Red Apron, Birch & Barley, Iron Gate and other popular restaurants. A new Landmark Theatre will open in the 2112 building.
Schools: Cleveland Elementary, Cardozo Education Campus for Middle and High School.
Transit: The U Street and Shaw/Howard University Metro stations are within walking distance for Green and Yellow Line service; numerous bus lines serve the area.
Michele Lerner is a freelance writer.
2030 8th St. NW, Washington
The condos are priced from the upper $300,000s to $1.999 million. There are 62 units, half of which are already sold.
Builder: The JBG Companies
Features: The units have engineered hardwood flooring, upgraded stainless steel appliances, a movable kitchen island, engineered quartz counters that resemble concrete, a subway tile backsplash and a mix of open and closed kitchen cabinets.
Bedrooms/bathrooms: 1 or 2 / 1 or 2
Square footage: Approximately 475 to 1,850
Condominium association fees: $430 to $670 per month for the one and two bedrooms; up to $1,208 per month for the largest penthouse.
View models: Open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 2 p.m. and by appointment.
Contact: Call 202-792-8880, go to http://2030ap.com/ /or e-mail Sales@2030AP.com.