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The Visio & Murano

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Design Achievement – The Visio and Murano are situated on a quiet street in the Greater U-Street Corridor of Washington, DC. This residential area is complemented by a rich quasi-industrial fabric that is fast becoming the epicenter of Washington’s contemporary and cutting-edge music and visual arts scene. Acknowledging and incorporating elements from its historic context, The Visio and Murano are conceived as a modern interpretation of traditional Washington, DC infill row housing. DLR Group's design team deconstructed the typical bay front row house, transforming it into a sculptural piece that represents the antithesis of the stereotypical modern glass box. The Visio and Murano’s height, mass, proportion, materials and cut-away elements subtly and elegantly relate to its context. Rather than resorting to style mimicry, this is a modernism that is germane to the complex urban neighborhood and speaks to the consumer. The project, an example of modern architecture sensitively integrated into its historic urban context, has served to catalyze development of the remaining infill sites in this transitioning neighborhood.

Scope Summary – Designed as a two phase development, The Visio component consists of eight units on four floors, totaling 22,000 SF. Mezzanines on the upper two floors give these units 19-foot ceilings and living spaces. The Murano houses 8 additional units that span the length of the building. DLR Group provided architecture and planning services.

DLR Group acquired Sorg Architects in September 2015. Today, the combined design expertise and resources of Sorg and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design. 

Awards & Recognition

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  • Honor Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley
  • Brick in Architecture Award: Bronze Award-Residential-Multi-Family

    Brick Industry Association

The Visio & Murano