Mason & Rook Hotel

Washington, DC

Just a half block off the rejuvenated 14th Street Corridor, the former 1963 apartment building was a diamond in the rough. Formerly Helix Hotel, the ten-story building was transformed into Mason & Rook. The exterior, in keeping with the residential scale and character of the neighborhood, was landscaped and reconfigured to include a brick paved driveway. The façade, clad in metal and rich teak, was punctuated with a glass and steel canopy above a full-height storefront. The existing building’s rooftop pool was uncovered, refinished, and a new stair and elevator were incorporated, creating a hidden rooftop oasis. Teak floor and walls surround the new rooftop bar, while clear glazed railings and folding storefront provide a sense of transparency and enhance the surrounding views. A 2,000 sf multi-function space addition and expanded lobby was incorporated above an existing underground parking garage and infills an existing covered drive loop.