Do you ever have one of those days when you’re walking around the city, the sun’s out, the metro was running on time, there’s the smell of coffee and your favorite whiff of bakery in the air, and you almost get goosebumps thinking about how great DC is? On the days that you get stopped for hours upon hours in presidential motorcade traffic or pay your mortgage, it might be hard to remember – but it’s important to take stock of what an amazing city we’re living in. Of course, there is a long list of elements that make it great – the people, the history, the energy, the places. Oh, the places you can go in DC – and what makes a city more city-esque than the buildings, from the sky high rises to the home sweet homes where city dwellers lay their heads at night, architecture is a huge piece of any city’s puzzle. The lines of buildings lead us through the city, the structures are where we make our livings, canoodle with loved ones, pass the time, and (drumroll please), open and finish bags of Doritos (IF YOU’RE NOT DOING THAT, IS IT REALLY LIVING?). Seriously though, architecture is a huge part of DC’s identity, and we’re lucky to have some inspiring architects shaping our streets. I want to explore the talent that makes DC, well, DC. I’ve got to start somewhere, and with no rhyme or reason, I’d like to start with one of DC’s talented architecture groups: Ossolinski Architects.
Ossolinski Architects are a dynamic architecture group that has completed work in a variety of areas of building and design including multi-family residential, single family residential, commercial, corporate interiors, and historic preservation. Their talents really shouldn’t be confined to any “About Us” page, though…they will work up plans and muster up inspiration for just about any project that grazes their desk, it seems. I mean, just have a quick read of this snippet from their actual “About Us” page:
“We believe a successful project is born of collaboration. We work hard to think like our clients, and to understand their needs as our own. By listening and absorbing our clients’ needs + aspirations, we are able to achieve a balance among the frequently competing issues of budget, quality, and schedule.”
The company came to life in 1996, and has since been building DC from the ground up from their corner of the city in Friendship Heights. Over the years, they’ve certainly received some recognition. They’ve been featured in Washington Spaces for doing a remodel for a family, and re-imagining their home of 17 years. Not to mention, they have secured a place on H & D Portfolio of “100 top designers.”
My words can do little to express their intense, DC-shaping talent though. Some of it, you just have to see for your own eyes. Here are some samples of their work:
Fountainhead Residence (residential work): This project was the result of their client purchasing a 5-acre wooded site with a (womp, womp) 1980s tract home. The firm breathed life (and light) into the place, taking inspiration from mid-century modern roots and crafting them into something worthy of being called home.
Corcoran Street Residence (residential work): This project showcases the company’s ability to work with historic preservation projects while at the same time, bringing modern style to the forefront. The group restored this 19th century Dupont Circle townhouse and contrasted the classic building with an edgy modern steel walkway and brand new rooftop deck.
Wolfe Residence (residential work): This home, in Old Town Alexandria, was brought to Ossolinski Architects as a 5-story townhouse shell. The blank slate was nothing but inspiring for the group, who used the client’s European background as inspiration for a elaborate home, with a grand staircase and all.