One of Washington, D.C.’s newest condo projects, Adam’s Row, features a large commercial glass façade that floods each unit with natural daylight, marking a growing trend in multifamily residential projects.
Commercial glazing is becoming more popular in multifamily projects, as consumers demand more openness and light in their homes, says Al Hedin, senior partner of preconstruction and development from Adams Row general contractor and developer PN Hoffman of Washington, D.C. Using commercial glass and systems also allows architects and developers more freedom in design, he says.
“It gives greater options in regard to glazing selection itself, to use commercial products,” Hedin says. “We have the ability to provide large expanses of glass, rather than just using traditional punched openings.”
Adams Row features floor to ceiling metal-framed, storefront-style glazing for each unit.
In residential projects, controlling heat gain from window units becomes essential, even more so than in commercial office-type projects. However, condo owners also demand maximum transparency, Hedin says.
“Our architects [from Hickok Cole, also of Washington, D.C.] worked very closely with our glass subcontractor on Adams Row to find a balance between enough tint to limit heat gain and making sure we didn’t get it too reflective,” Hedin says.
Architects chose a low-emissivity coated glass product to control heat gain while maintaining the glass clarity, he says.
About 80 percent of the units also feature interior glass room dividers, using the same framing systems as on the façade, Hedin says.
“The interior glass separates the living room from the bedroom. So, you can look through what would normally be a drywall partition and see outside to the exterior space,” Hedin says. “It really provided a pretty dramatic look.”
Service Glass of Fredrick, Md., served as the glazing contractor. Adams Investment Group of Washington, D.C., partnered with PN Hoffman as co-developer.