Central Armature Works (Interior Design)
Just one glance to the white-domed U.S. Capitol from atop Central Armature Works leaves the viewer without doubt—the reimagined Armature Works site in D.C.’s up-and-coming NoMa neighborhood is a special place to live—a place both in and of this unique American city. CBT’s interior architecture instills the two-building residences with a distinctive spirit of place, inspired by the 2.4-acre site’s former hosting of Armature Works, a century-old electrical services business representative of the mechanized craftsmanship essential to many enterprises, today and yesterday.
Inspired by the materials and artifacts that authentically defined Central Armature Works—think glowing copper wire, seamless welding— the designers crafted two residential environments, flush with amenity spaces, conceptually connected yet distinct from each other. Hosting a combined 640 apartments, the residences offer residents a choice between a naturally active, extroverted, social living environment or a more refined, sophisticated home-as-haven respite. This distinction is affirmed through each design layer, from color palettes to furnishings.
A connection with the outdoors is also integral to each building, with interiors planned to maximize the city skyline. Both offer view-rich outdoor living on penthouse decks, with amenity environments ranging from intimate fireside lounges and cozy dining nooks to the outdoor yoga studio, lively poolside hubs, and movies under the stars.
Interior material choices and bespoke furnishings reflect Central Armature Works’ ethos of machined craftsmanship. This design inspiration is seen everywhere, from the pairing of simple lines with material solidity in a co-working space’s custom-designed, custom-crafted steel table to delicate lighting crafted with copper wire to custom wall covering featuring a photo montage of the site’s factory artifacts, connecting residents to a piece of D.C.’s history.
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