First +M is the first phase of a new high-end rental development which will provide over one million square feet of living space upon completion of both phases. The First +M has a total area of 558,911 square feet, providing 468 rental units ranging from studios to 3-bedroom units. The project also features ground floor retail and three levels of below-grade parking.
The design team focused on creating a sense of discovery for residents at every turn as they progress through the building from the sidewalk to their individual unit.
The building features a dynamic interplay of banded, curved and scored precast, paired with five different types of brick and glass curtain wall. The ground floor uses dark bronzed Alucobond panels, matched with sidewalk pavers and planters to create additional interest at the pedestrian level. A diverse pallet of high-end materials was carefully used in the public spaces to highlight an amenity-rich program in order to create a defined sense of place within the community.
The extensive amenity spaces include: rooftop deck and pool, fitness center, pet spa, media café, library, indoor/outdoor movie theater, ground floor and rooftop grilling stations, music rooms, coffee bars, commercial grade show kitchen, bicycle repair station, and landscaped patio.
The project received an “Award of Excellence for Best Washington DC Apartment Community” from Delta Associates..