One of the biggest construction projects on the East Coast of the U.S.A., City Center DC is an almost 10-hectare “city within a city” consisting of office complexes, retail space, rented and owner-occupied apartments as well as green space and public plazas. Shalom Baranes Associates, which is responsible for the apartment buildings, has focused on the needs of residents by not only offering state-of-the-art facilities but also emphasising the need for comfort and a good quality of life. Alongside the glass used for the ceiling-high windows, terracotta is the other dominant material on the facades. Not only is it visually appealing but it also offers excellent heat insulation properties and helps to save energy. TERRART® SOLID elements in different beige-brown tones are mounted in a cascade-like arrangement. Emphasising the vertical lines of the apartment buildings, they are each broken up by horizontal metal strips, 54 City Center Washington DC Apartments. Architects: Shalom Baranes Associates, Washington DC 55 which constitute the floor and balcony frames. The colour effect of the ceramic changes depending on the light and contributes to the varied appearance of the buildings. The “green oases” on the roofs, which are open to the sky and offer gardens and pools, promote a feel-good lifestyle and act as the perfect meeting space.