Lydian, 400 K Street, Washington DC, Davis Carter Scott, HITT Contracting, CEI Materials, R4000

400 K Street in Washington DC’s Mount Vernon Triangle district, features two modern apartment buildings. The Lydian and the Lyric, designed by Davis Carter Scott, each feature the latest in contemporary living from rooftop retreats to resort-style pools. In a much sought-after neighborhood, the new apartments offer modern living and easy access to local transit. In addition to contemporary living space, the building’s feature and restaurant accommodations, creating a destination within itself.

The most compelling component of each façade is a stunning prismatic fin. The iridescent fins, constructed with ®’s Dragonfly finish, respond to both natural and artificial light changing hues from green to purple. The finish, as the project’s general contractors at HITT Contracting describe, “…mimics the colors of its namesake’s wings [Dragonfly].”

Lydian, 400 K Street, Washington DC, Davis Carter Scott, HITT Contracting, CEI Materials, R4000
Photography © CEI Materials

The composite fin on the Lydian, the new of the two constructed buildings, scales the 14-story façade. The dynamic series of ALPOLIC® Prismatic colors were developed by ALPOLIC and a coatings manufacturer using LUMIFLON resin . Each of the colors featured in the series has incredible depth that allows the panels to appear to change color upon visual perspective.

Lydian, 400 K Street, Washington DC, Davis Carter Scott, HITT Contracting, CEI Materials, R4000
Photography © CEI Materials

When applied to , FEVE resins are the primary choice for architects seeking a wide range of bright colors with higher gloss capabilities. Due to their excellent properties, it becomes the perfect coating for exterior building envelopes and .

Photography courtesy of © CEI Materials, fabricator of the Lydian

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