Skanska Unveils Nordic-Inspired Interior Designs for Luxury Apartment Building RESA in NoMa

Press release 12/4/2018 10:00 AM EST

Internationally Recognized Design Team Space Copenhagen Tapped to Capture Distinctively Scandinavian Aesthetic for RESA’s Common Areas and Penthouse

Skanska, a leading global development and construction firm, today announced its partnership with Space Copenhagen as it unveiled the uniquely Scandinavian interior designs for RESA, its 12-story, 326-unit luxury apartment building in Washington, D.C.’s rapidly developing NoMa neighborhood.

A design studio based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Space Copenhagen is renowned for its hospitality work including hotels, museums and restaurants, such as Restaurant NOMA in Copenhagen, chosen as the world’s best restaurant four times in the past decade. Following their award-winning interior design for 11 Howard Hotel in New York City, this partnership marks the first time the firm has designed a multifamily project in the United States.

“RESA’s interiors will reflect the comfortable and accessible lifestyle that the NoMa community embodies along with the modern luxuries and inviting environments urban dwellers desire. With Space Copenhagen, we will deliver a combination of high-end design and approachable hospitality that is virtually impossible to find anywhere else in the District,” said Mark Carroll, executive vice president for Skanska’s development operations in the Greater Washington, D.C. area.

To create warm and engaging spaces for the common areas within the apartment building, Skanska selected the Space Copenhagen team to design the lobby and reception area, the residential corridors and the rooftop penthouse of RESA. This will include furniture and lighting fixtures from Space Copenhagen’s curated collection of modern designs, which feature organic materials, such as wood, leather and wool, textile and stone, in warm and earthy colors.

Click here for a first look at the Scandinavian-styled interiors at RESA.

“We pride ourselves on bringing a sincere, personal vision to our projects,” say Space Copenhagen founders Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou. “In this case, our first multifamily venture in the U.S., that means offering the residents of RESA an aesthetic that will be truly different than anything found in Washington, D.C. or elsewhere in the United States. You can frame our approach as slow aesthetic; we put great emphasis on trusting materiality, how materials age with grace while feeling ever contemporary and relevant.”

RESA, the Swedish word for journey, will offer 326 unique multifamily apartments, more than 10,000 square feet of resident amenities and 7,000 square feet of retail. It is located at 22 M Street, NE between North Capitol and First Streets, NE, one and one-half blocks from a Metro station, and within walking distance to Union Station and Union Market. It is within easy reach of 11 Metrobus lines, two D.C. Circulator lines and eight Capital Bikeshare locations.

RESA is part of Skanska’s Tyber Place project, a planned three-building, mixed-use development, which will feature restaurants, retail and an open-air courtyard.

Skanska’s other current real estate developments in the greater Washington area include: 2112 Penn, an 11-story, 230,000-square-foot office building with approximately 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail; and 99M, a 234,000-square-foot, Class-A office building, located in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Skanska recently acquired a site at Scotts Run to develop a high-density, multifamily project in Tysons, VA. Skanska also developed the 130,000 square-foot office building 1776 Wilson Blvd, Arlington’s first LEED Platinum building, which Skanska sold in 2014, and 733 10th and G, a 171,000 square-foot office, which Skanska sold in 2012.

In the Greater Washington area, Skanska built the First Street Tunnel and is building the headquarters facility for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (D.C. Water). The firm is also responsible for the reconstruction of the 11th Street Bridge and adjacent interchanges, infrastructure that helped spur new development such as 99M in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.