The brand new Reed Row apartments in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. offers an eclectic, urban sophistication that is reflective of the area. Adams Morgan is well known for its broad mix of cultures and activities. The five-story apartment community includes 132 residential units in 100,000 square-feet of space.

The site, located about 1.5 miles from the White House, was previously a parking garage. The developer demolished everything above grade but was able to retain portions of the below-grade structure.

The exterior expression of the architectural design, created by R2L:Architects, Washington, D.C., is influenced by the materials and scale of the traditional masonry buildings found in nearby districts.  “We wanted to pay homage to the historic neighborhood with a material palette that offered the proper aesthetic fit,” said Donrico Washington, R2L project designer/manager.

Two different RHEINZINK profiles were specified for application in an “intimate, exterior amenity space,” Washington said. The area is an inviting rooftop common area that provides residents with social space and a great view of the city.  Approximately 3,000 square-feet of RHEINZINK prePATINA graphite-grey Flat Lock Tiles and 1,000 square-feet of RHEINZINK Standing Seam Panels highlight the rooftop amenity. 

“In the early stages of our design process, we noticed that numerous nearby buildings had mansard roofs with diamond-shaped tiles and shingles. That’s what led to our selection of the RHEINZINK Flat Lock Tiles,” Washington said. The RHEINZINK Standing Seam Panels were used to clad sloped roofs over stairways in the units below the roof deck leading up to outdoor terraces. “The reaction to the RHEINZINK from the residents has been outstanding,” according to Washington. “Everyone loves it because it’s a material that’s not typically seen.”

Installation of the RHEINZINK was done by MSM Roofing, Hampstead, MD.  David Peterson, owner of MSM, described the installation as “a piece of cake.”