Easton Architects was retained by the National Property Board Sweden to provide architectural and engineering services to renovate select areas of the Fifth Floor of the House of Sweden in Georgetown, for use as the private residence of the Ambassador to Sweden. The existing space was originally designed as an apartment when the building was constructed in 2008, and later converted to office space.
The scope of work includes Design Development, Construction Documents, Bidding and Permitting, and Construction Administration Phases. Easton Architects retained the services of a Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing + Fire Protection Engineer consultant to analyze and coordinate the MEP+FP components of the project, both in assessing the complexity of the current layout and designing the system upgrades for the new residential layout.
The key issues in the Design Development phase were finalizing the plan modifications and circulation and maximizing the room sizes for the Ambassador her family. Consideration was given to understanding the existing commercial features and finishes and working with these to modify to fit a residential application.
The apartment sits on the southern side of the House of Sweden and enjoys a wrap around terrace that will retrofitted for residential use, and has commanding views of the Potomac River and the Kennedy Center for the Arts. Expected completion is scheduled for December 2021.