SLDesign and //3877 Work Together to Create Washington, D.C.’s 12 Stories Lounge

Custom rugs by AVO cover the concrete slab floor; the blue poufs are by UHS. Photography by Anna Meyer.

It may not seem like it most of the time, but people are working together in our nation’s capital—at least in the hospitality sector. Witness 12 Stories, a penthouse lounge located high atop the InterContinental Hotel Washington, D.C.–The Wharf and operated by Gerber Group, whose completion required the cooperation of two prominent firms: Philadelphia’s SLDesign and D.C.’s //3877.

“We walked into a raw space with 12-foot-high windows on three sides, exposed concrete columns and concrete floor slab,” says SLDesign’s founder Chris Sheffield. So far so good. “The pool is on the roof above the space,” he adds. “So, finding a way to express ceiling height and imply greater volume despite all of the existing plumbing penetrations and mechanical systems above was a trick.”

Invisible Grey Gold Marble tops the bar, between Stellar Works stools and pendants by Rich Brilliant Willing. Photography by Anna Meyer.

The solution? “Removing a large panel of glass that cut through the venue and working around massive duct banks and existing water systems,” says David Shove-Brown, cofounder and principal of //3877. This created the possibility of large open spaces with expansive views of the Potomac and D.C. skyline, amplified by a wire mesh ceiling that creates the illusion of height—altogether a bright example of the power of collaboration.

On the terrace, Tribu stools join high and low tables by Ethimo; the chairs are by Workshop Co-Op. Photography by Anna Meyer.
John Beck Steel pendants illuminate chairs by B&B Italia, along with sofas, tables, and club chairs by Royal Custom Designs. Photography by Anna Meyer.
Custom rugs by AVO cover the concrete slab floor; the blue poufs are by UHS. Photography by Anna Meyer.
On the terrace, Tribu stools join high and low tables by Ethimo; the chairs are by Workshop Co-Op. Photography by Anna Meyer.

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