Modera Sedici

WINNER   |   Best Adaptive Reuse

Best Adaptive Reuse

Nominated By:      Mill Creek Residential Trust         

Location:               Washington, D.C.

Project Statement:

Modera Sedici is located on the venerable grounds of Washington, D.C.’s former Italian Embassy. Displaying iconic neo-Renaissance architecture, the community overlooks the District’s renowned 16th Street (Sedici means 16 in Italian), a longstanding destination for global luminaries. While the building had floundered for the better part of the last two decades, falling into disrepair, Mill Creek has expertly transformed this nationally registered historic landmark for modern living. Modera Sedici offers 134 exclusive apartment homes, including 22 individually customized floor plans in the redeveloped original embassy building, coupled with an additional 112 homes in a newly constructed nine-story high-rise. To preserve the authenticity and aesthetic of the original architecture while incorporating a newly constructed residential tower, the developers took extraordinary steps — consulting with historical experts, engineers and architects — to ensure that all details were thoughtful and preserved. Each building reflects the original design of the 1925 Embassy and offers modern Italian features and amenities wherever possible, including a cosmopolitan lounge, home to vintage fireplaces and custom millwork; a grand ballroom reimagined for modern gatherings; and a storied courtyard that is reminiscent of a distinctly European setting. Each element of the community is meant to communicate the story of the building. Rooms have maintained their Italian names from the original permit drawings (Soggiorno, Biblioteca). Materials were carefully selected to pay homage to the building’s ancestry, such as the inclusion of Italian-manufactured cabinetry in every home. Even the newly constructed Palestra (fitness studio) features state-of-the-art Italian equipment. While important to preserve and restore many of the Embassy’s original historical elements, thoughtful measures were also taken to ensure that the newly constructed tower would appropriately and beautifully honor the architecture and legacy of the historic property, so that together they function as one community as opposed to two disparate buildings sharing one piece of land.

Developer:                        Mill Creek Residential Trust

Architect:                        DCS Design

General Contractor:  Mill Creek Mid-Atlantic Construction

Interior Designer:        DCS Interiors

Photographer:               David Madison Photography

Project Website:           Modera Sedici