As part of a large infill master plan just blocks from the heart of Old Town ­Alexandria, Va., Post Carlyle Square brings higher density to an area in which colonial row homes are the predominant housing type. But architect Sami Kirkdil knew that a boost in density needed to be handled delicately and that scale needed to be introduced gradually. Rather than butting a high-rise complex flush against the sidewalk, the site’s south edge is lined with a U-shaped stretch of four-story loft condos that work their way back toward a 12-story rental apartment building on the other end of a common central courtyard. The massing of the large structure is further broken down at the 10th floor, where it steps back so as not to overpower the other buildings on the block. Master plan guidelines mandated somewhat conservative masonry façades, but the interiors are fresh and contemporary.

CATEGORY: Apartments, rental
ENTRANT/ARCHITECT/INTERIOR DESIGNER: SK&I Architectural Design Group, Bethesda, Md.
BUILDER: S.E. Foster, Arlington, Va.
DEVELOPER: Post Properties, Vienna, Va.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Lee + Papa and Associates, Washington

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