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Washington’s Apollo apartments offer major amenities on historic site
Near the epicenter of Washington, DC’s H Street, the newly constructed Apollo Apartments were designed to capture the excitement of the early 20th Century Apollo Theater, located on the same site, with modern amenities befitting one of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods.
Sitting atop the building, which houses more than 350 apartments, a Whole Foods store and independent coffeehouse The Wydown, is an expansive, landscaped rooftop deck and outdoor living environment, which includes a multi-use pool/fountain, movie screen with lawn seating, a 360-degree view of the city, benches and dining tables.
For the decking portion of the project, the Apollo’s landscape architect, Payam Ostovar, PLA, ASLA, of Washington-based Landscape Architecture Bureau specified Kebony Clear decking. Ostovar said the decking is performing well since construction was completed earlier this year. “One of the best benefits the owners have noticed is that being a pool deck, it is far cooler than the adjacent concrete pavers,” Ostovar said. Kebony was also used for the pergola and benches throughout the project.
“One of the reasons we went with Kebony for the rooftop deck was we liked the silver patina it develops over time,” Insight Property Group development manager Brendan Whitsitt said. “We were looking for a natural decking product that wouldn’t require any maintenance or regular refinishing. With Kebony, normal cleaning is enough and no additional treatment is required, as it is with many other wood decking options.”
Other materials used for the project included Hanover, SynLawn and Handydeck pavers, and furniture comprising an Ore firepit, Alfresco grills and Streetlife bench products.