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Exterior view of a section the Triumph with window covered facade illuminated at night with interior rooms visible
The Triumph Ward 8

American Architecture Award-Winning Family Housing

Client

District of Columbia Department of Human Services

Area

38,000 SF

Services

Planning, programming, architecture, interiors

Awards

2020 American Architecture Award

The six-story compact building design sensitively accommodates the full programmatic requirements, including a maximum unit count of ten per floor. The building integrates to the residential context with an articulated volumetric façade to create residential units of human scale, surrounded by low-rise residential buildings to the east and taller four-to-five story structures to the north and west by shifting the building westward, tucked away from the street and into the surrounding hillside.

It also provides an opportunity for a large, landscaped forecourt to act as an attractive green buffer between the street and the building. Shaded by trees and the softness of sustainable natural habitats, the design brings green space to a dense neighborhood fabric, creating a community-oriented social fabric for the residents to enjoy.

Project Milestone
Exterior view of a section the Triumph with window covered facade illuminated at night with interior rooms visible
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District of Columbia’s Ward 8 Celebrates the Triumph

November 12, 2018

A new short-term housing facility will serve 50 families experiencing homelessness. Our design for the facility integrates within the residential neighborhood and eliminates the negative institutional perception often associated with similar projects.

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Awards

2019 Award of Excellence in Commercial Architecture

AIA Northern Virginia

Washingtonian Residential Design Award/Urban Catalyst

AIA Washington DC

2020 American Architecture Award

Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies

2019 Gold Honor Residential Architecture

AIA Maryland

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