nemaworkshop renovates W Washington D.C.’s lounge and terrace

W Washington D.C., which is located at 515 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C., completed the renovation of the property’s POV Lounge and Terrace. For this makeover, nemaworkshop explored the architectural styles of D.C., and also looked at the social context and the historical importance of Washington as the country’s capital.

While looking for local materials for the renovation, nemaworkshop came across coffered ceilings, domed structures, stacked cornices, cherry blossom trees and a lot of presidential portraits. These created a backdrop for the new terrace, which has abstracted dome lighting, oversized moldings, walls wrapped into red tape and pixilated lighting images of Franklin and Lincoln, among others.

Overlooking various monuments of DC, POV Lounge and Terrace is divided into different seating zones that has communal tables, over bar seating and space for VIP banquettes.


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There are various design features connecting the overall project.

All furniture are custom made, designed by nemaworkshop. There is dome lighting at the communal area/bar, where the firm recreated an abstracted dome using circular aluminum rods with track lights attached. Also, to reference the Memorial dome, there is a vintage marquee pendant at the communal area/table; just as there is a chandelier at the POV bar. The pendant acrylic tubes used create a pixilated image of the president; and the tubes are lit from the top with LED.  

The walls have red tape, making use of laser cut metal, powder coated with red and then backlit. There is a feature wall at the VIP Ba, with the back bar made of oversized molding referring architectural detail of the White House.