Uncommon Spaces


When designers at award-winning, DC-based Hickok Cole Architects signed on to create the lobbies and lounges of Kenyon Square, a high-end condominium in Columbia Heights, they honed in on a look that would appeal to both ends of the residential spectrum. The developer hopes to appeal to both young professionals and older, established occupants, so the design team chose a bold mix of traditional and modern elements to suit the purpose. In the soaring main lounge (above), low chairs play up the room’s height, while bright red walls and a shag carpet add a modern edge to the traditional dark wood panels and molding. The stainless-steel chandelier, visible through the exaggerated oculus above the lobby doors, reinterprets the candelabras of medieval churches with glass cylinders replacing the traditional candles.