Portals V, Washington DC

Portals V

Sustainability Services Expertise

Residential Sector

Washington DC Location

The Portals V Condominium is located in Southwest Waterfront on Maryland Ave SW between 12th and 14th Streets SW. The nearest Metro to The Portals V Condos is L'Enfant Plaza Station on the Silver, Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green Lines. The closest supermarket is the Safeway at 1100 4th St SW.

The Portals Master Plan, a five-building, three million-sf mixed-use development, is an architectural staple in the city’s Southwest gateway. Conceived in the 1980s, the plan transformed a previously industrial area, creating an elegant gateway with views of the Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial, the Tidal Basin and the Potomac River. The architectural vernacular of the surrounding areas is varied and includes brutalist federal buildings, abstract modernism and industrial-inspired mid-century architecture. The fifth phase, a 368-unit residential building, has a triangular siting and responds to three different site conditions—a gateway to the National Mall, city-scaled streets and an open landscape.

A fifth-story, river-facing courtyard diminishes the building’s imposition on the city-scaled elevation. Viewed from across the Potomac River, its light architectural block recalls the materiality of nearby monuments, while its massing gently directs observers to the greater vista. Luxury amenities capitalize on sightlines to two Washington symbols—the Jefferson Memorial and the US Capitol—as well as stunning city and river views. Residents enjoy a programmed rooftop with pool, walking paths, grilling areas, private club rooms, and a fitness center.

Project Details

  • Site area: NA
  • BUA: 14-story, 485,712 Sq. Ft.
  • Services Offered: Energy Simulation as per LEED v2009
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Rating: PHI-US

Project Highlights

  • Environmentally sustainable features are integrated throughout and include a planted roof deck, sky courtyard, vertical greenwall, and private terraces.
  • 16% cost savings were achieved