Built in 1959 and located in one of DC’s most prestigious neighborhoods, Ora (previously known as The Envoy) could have been considered the “oddity, the stand-out” on the block. With its dated, crumbling façade and dark, dismal interiors, the building was in desperate need of a complete make-over. While many developers passed on the project, eventually it was purchased and underwent a $20 million gut rehabilitation. ForrestPerkins was not only tasked with elevating the interiors appropriate to the building’s location, but with creating a robust residential experience despite an amenity footprint mostly below grade and a fraction of the competitive set.
To accomplish this goal, the Interiors team tackled the project as it would if designing a high-end luxury, small boutique hotel. Design strategies included selecting sparkly, decorative lighting that payed homage to the building’s past; sophisticated interior finishes and comfortable furnishings, offset by a funky, colorful DC centric art package; use of interior glazing instead of traditional walls to maximize light penetration and provide residents with zones of communal privacy; and flexible, amenity spaces easily customizable to meet any residential program. However, the building’s crown jewel is a rooftop lined with flowers, grills & communal dining, sofa seating with firepits and sun loungers, all of which are surrounded by 360 degree, unobstructed views of Washington DC.