DC ARCHITECTURE SPOTLIGHT: KUBE

Artists are spunky. No two are the same, and that’s the way it should be. Due to distinct personalities and interpretations of the world around them, artists often take on seemingly similar projects and come up with ending results that are, far and wide, on opposite ends of the spectrum. As a mode of art, architecture is the same way. Each architecture firm has their own style, their own portfolio – their own spin on the way four walls come together and put a roof over our heads. DC’s architects are no different, and that’s why this series is so fun. Today’s post will feature KUBE Architecture, a modern architecture studio based in the District.

KUBE Architecture can’t be confined to the definition of a traditional architecture studio – they’re more of a creative hybrid with an extensive variety of services that includes architecture design, interior design, graphic design, website design, and furniture/cabinetry design and fabrication. Speaking to how they approach design as a team, their about page goes into detail, saying,

“KUBE emphasizes the primary components of architectural space: light, color, texture, and materiality. Working with new materials and methods of construction, research is an on-going process at KUBE. We believe in the value of sustainable materials and utilize green products whenever possible. Finally, KUBE believes in economy of means, and in creating efficient spaces that achieve both richness and simplicity.”

One glance over their portfolio and even from afar, it’s easy to see their work aligns with their mission. Pictures from past projects are certainly modern and daring in design, but also functional and responsible. Also, a peruse through their Facebook reviews or ratings on Houzz would lead anyone to believe that beyond putting out spaces that look cool, they also do good work on the ground level. Snippets of ratings say that “their knowledge of innovative materials sets them apart in the DC market,” and go on record stating that the team offers “exceptional vision” and “indispensable guidance.”

While customers are important, so is the work. And an award-winning, dynamic portfolio that meets a multitude of needs means KUBE’s work speak for itself. But just in case you don’t hear it the first time, I’ll go ahead and speak up for it, too. The company touches an interesting mix of architecture including residential and commercial spaces.

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In the midst of their most recent residential work is Casa Abierta, a home built in Chevy Chase, Maryland for a family originally from Costa Rica that was feeling cramped and uncomfortable in a home they referred to as a “suburban box.” KUBE demolished their issues (quite intentionally) and created a house with an open courtyard, large sliding doors and cathedral ceilings. The home went on to win Northern Virginia’s AIA Award, Virginia’s AIA: Excellence in Architecture Award, and a lengthy list of other accolades.

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Another residential portfolio piece that’s earned the firm awards and attention is the “Salt and Pepper House,” designed for an older couple living in Washington DC that wished to have a design that allowed them to comfortably and stylishly age in place, while also giving them the ability to do what they love – cook and collect art. The house won a Northern Virginia AIA Award, a Washingtonian/ AIA Residential Design Award, and more.

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Residential architecture is not the only place this team thrives. They’ve also won awards for commercial projects, such as the interior for Tangy Sweet, a yogurt shop near the Dupont Circle area,

KUBE Architecture was founded by partners Janet Bloomberg and Richard Loosle-Ortega. The firm employs six people, including the founding partners, and with more than ten projects currently “in the works,” they won’t be slowing down their influence on DC’s architecture scene anytime soon. Here’s to those that think outside of the box — or, in this case, KUBE.

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