A rooftop pool enhances the view of DC from one of the residential buildings.

Bird’s Eye View

The newly built Residences On The Avenue in Foggy Bottom at Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, is a mixed-use development. Owned by Boston Properties, this 72,000-square-foot complex of four buildings contains bustling retail, office and residential spaces. It also boasts cutting-edge landscape design that is both sustainable and beautiful.

Designed by Mark Delaney of Sasaki Associates, Inc., the elaborate landscaping plan encompasses sidewalk promenades, terraces and courtyards. The two office buildings have green roofs that form a microclimate to reduce heat, provide an avian habitat, insulate the buildings and minimize runoff. The rooftops of the two residential buildings focus on recreation, particularly the West Tower (pictured), which offers a lap pool bordered by decorative gravel and arborvitae. The pool area shelters guests beneath a removable metal shade structure: a perfect perch from which to enjoy the DC skyline.

DESIGN ARCHITECTURE: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, New Haven, Connecticut. EXECUTIVE ARCHITECTURE: Hickok Cole Architects, Washington, DC. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Sasaki Associates, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts. CONSTRUCTION: Clark Construction Group, LLC, Bethesda, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: Jim Tetro.