The Triumph4225 6th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20009
Design Achievement - DLR Group’s design for The Triumph short term family housing facility successfully integrates the new building within its residential neighborhood and avoids the institutional sense often negatively associated with similar projects, while maintaining safety and operational standards. A significant challenge in designing the facility was how to accommodate the full programmatic requirements on a steeply-sloping site, surrounded by shorter structures to the east and taller structures to the west. The design solution employs creative siting and modulation strategies to for a 6-story structure which is thoughtfully integrated into its smaller scale context. Upper floors are modulated through the use of projecting bays toward the front to rhythmically scale down the building’s size. Sensitive to the unique nature of the user, DLR Group’s design captures a welcoming, less institutional experience, while also motivating residents to progress to their next step in housing.
Scope Summary – The design of this 36,000 SF housing facility responds to the District of Columbia Department of Human Services' initiative to transfer homeless residents from an existing over-populated and dilapidated central emergency shelters into smaller, decentralized shelters in each ward of the city. This facility provides 50 residential family units, along with laundry rooms, study spaces, and common rooms distributed throughout the five upper floors of the building. The ground floor houses resident amenities including a multipurpose room, dining facility, computer lab, and health clinic, as well as operational and case management offices to provide wrap-around social services to residents. Interior planning maximizes natural light into all residences and shared common areas, particularly main circulation paths to heighten visibility for residents and imbue a sense of warmth. A playground, basketball court, and garden encourage greater connectivity to the surrounding physical environment. DLR Group provided architecture, planning, and interior design services.