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10 D.C. developments to look forward to in 2018

From the International Spy Museum to Audi Field, see what to get excited about

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It’s the start of a new year, and there is a lot to get excited about. This year, 2018, will be chock full of new projects either set to commence (like the Air and Space Museum’s renovation) or deliver (like the International Spy Museum).

Below, get a quick peek at what the future holds for Washington, D.C. See any notable projects left off this list? Let Curbed DC know in the comments.

Note: The mapped points have been listed geographically, from the most north to the most south.

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1. Glenstone Museum

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12002 Glen Rd
Potomac, MD 20854

While not located in D.C. proper, this project is definitely worth mentioning for those who are lovers of art history.

Currently, the annual visitor capacity at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland, is 25,000. By the end of a planned expansion, targeted to open late 2018, the annual visitor capacity will quadruple to 100,000.

The project plans on constructing a new 204,000-square-foot museum building, called The Pavilions, that will include two cafes, a bookstore, 50,000 square feet of exhibit space, and an arrival hall. Along with this, 100 acres of land will be restored with over 8,000 trees of 55 native species planted. 

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2. Midtown Center

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1150 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

This 865,000-square-foot project is one of the largest developments under construction in Washington, D.C., right now. Built to LEED Gold certification standards, this 14-story building will replace the existing Washington Post buildings and neighboring office building with a 14-story project with 45,000 square feet of retail on two levels. There will also be a rooftop terrace, fitness center, and curtain wall with 3D panels and pre-patina copper cladding.

The project is expected to deliver by the second quarter of 2018.

Rendering via Clark Construction

3. 655 New York Ave NW

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655 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Set to either deliver this year or next year, this mega-complex will feature trophy office space and prime retail. Once complete, the glassy tower will incorporate 15 historic properties into the space. To make room for the project, the developer moved an 880-ton building 34 feet east.

This is one of the largest developments under construction right now in Washington, D.C.

Rendering via Douglas Development Corp.

4. Eaton D.C.

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1201 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005

This spring, socially conscious businesses, non-profits, and activists are invited to a brand new hybrid model of a hotel and co-working members club, called Eaton Workshop. The 209-room hotel has a long list of amenities that will likely excite or raise eyebrows. There will be a radio station, artist studios, a 50-seat theater with a VIP section, and a wellness center with a holistic approach.

Art, music, and film festivals focused on social change will also be hosted here, while locally made artworks will rotate throughout the hotel. This space will also include a rooftop bar, speakeasy, restaurant, and a coffee shop and juice bar.

For more renderings, head to this Curbed DC article.

Rendering courtesy of Gachot Studios

5. 200 Massachusetts Ave NW

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200 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

This year, the first of Capitol Crossing’s five buildings will deliver with over 410,000 square feet of space across 12 floors. The LEED Platinum-certified building is designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Kevin Roche to have amenities like a fitness facility, day care center, and a rooftop terrace. There will also be a four-level, below-grade garage.

Rendering via Property Group Partners

6. Hirshhorn Museum

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Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560

The iconic Gordon Bunshaft-designed Hirshhorn Museum is going to get a brand new look in 2018 with a Dolcezza Coffee & Gelato bar opening in the lobby’s east end. The museum has commissioned Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto through his Tokyo-based architectural firm New Material Research Laboratory (NMRL) to redesign the lobby in order to transform the overall museum experience.

Along with a reconfigured entrance, expect new furnishings inspired by the circular shape of the building as well as a new prismatic light sculpture installation, called, “Your oceanic feeling,” designed by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson in 2015.

Both the coffee bar and the redesigned lobby are set to open February 2018.

Rendering via Hirshhorn Museum

7. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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600 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560

Starting the summer of 2018, the National Air and Space Museum will undergo a nearly $1 billion overhaul. When it comes to what to expect for this Smithsonian Institution project, all 23 exhibit area will be replaced with the first few exhibits expected to open by 2021. When new cladding is added to the exterior of the building, it is expected to have a lifespan of 100 years. Across the roof, 1,300, 345-watt solar panels will also be installed.

This will be the Smithsonian Institution’s most costly project ever undertaken.

Rendering via the Smithsonian Institution

8. International Spy Museum

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955 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC 20024

Designed by Hickok Cole Architects, this new development is expected to replace the International Spy Museum located in Chinatown. It will feature a theater, lecture hall, interactive exhibits, and classroom space. There will also be multi-functional event space.

The expected delivery is the fall of 2018.

Rendering courtesy of the International Spy Museum

9. Ballston Common Mall

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4238 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203

In September 2018, Ballston Common Mall will debut a brand new, 25,000-square-foot food hall, one of the largest in the D.C. area. The food hall will have 18 restaurants with a 5,000-square-foot plaza in the center. There will also be a large outdoor patio space for two restaurants with communal seating.

For a full list of what restaurants have been announced so far, check out this Curbed DC article.

Rendering courtesy of Forest City Washington

10. Audi Field

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32-60 R St SW
Washington, DC 20024

In February 2017, groundbreaking began for Buzzard Point’s brand new, $300 million D.C. United Stadium, otherwise known as Audi Field. Set to open July 14, this stadium will have a capacity of 20,000 with 31 luxury suites included. There will also be 500,000 square feet of mixed-use retail and residential space.

For more renderings, head to Curbed DC.

Rendering via Populous

1. Glenstone Museum

12002 Glen Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

While not located in D.C. proper, this project is definitely worth mentioning for those who are lovers of art history.

Currently, the annual visitor capacity at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland, is 25,000. By the end of a planned expansion, targeted to open late 2018, the annual visitor capacity will quadruple to 100,000.

The project plans on constructing a new 204,000-square-foot museum building, called The Pavilions, that will include two cafes, a bookstore, 50,000 square feet of exhibit space, and an arrival hall. Along with this, 100 acres of land will be restored with over 8,000 trees of 55 native species planted. 

12002 Glen Rd
Potomac, MD 20854

2. Midtown Center

1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Rendering via Clark Construction

This 865,000-square-foot project is one of the largest developments under construction in Washington, D.C., right now. Built to LEED Gold certification standards, this 14-story building will replace the existing Washington Post buildings and neighboring office building with a 14-story project with 45,000 square feet of retail on two levels. There will also be a rooftop terrace, fitness center, and curtain wall with 3D panels and pre-patina copper cladding.

The project is expected to deliver by the second quarter of 2018.

1150 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

3. 655 New York Ave NW

655 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Rendering via Douglas Development Corp.

Set to either deliver this year or next year, this mega-complex will feature trophy office space and prime retail. Once complete, the glassy tower will incorporate 15 historic properties into the space. To make room for the project, the developer moved an 880-ton building 34 feet east.

This is one of the largest developments under construction right now in Washington, D.C.

655 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. Eaton D.C.

1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Rendering courtesy of Gachot Studios

This spring, socially conscious businesses, non-profits, and activists are invited to a brand new hybrid model of a hotel and co-working members club, called Eaton Workshop. The 209-room hotel has a long list of amenities that will likely excite or raise eyebrows. There will be a radio station, artist studios, a 50-seat theater with a VIP section, and a wellness center with a holistic approach.

Art, music, and film festivals focused on social change will also be hosted here, while locally made artworks will rotate throughout the hotel. This space will also include a rooftop bar, speakeasy, restaurant, and a coffee shop and juice bar.

For more renderings, head to this Curbed DC article.

1201 K St NW
Washington, DC 20005

5. 200 Massachusetts Ave NW

200 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Rendering via Property Group Partners

This year, the first of Capitol Crossing’s five buildings will deliver with over 410,000 square feet of space across 12 floors. The LEED Platinum-certified building is designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Kevin Roche to have amenities like a fitness facility, day care center, and a rooftop terrace. There will also be a four-level, below-grade garage.

200 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Hirshhorn Museum

Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560
Rendering via Hirshhorn Museum

The iconic Gordon Bunshaft-designed Hirshhorn Museum is going to get a brand new look in 2018 with a Dolcezza Coffee & Gelato bar opening in the lobby’s east end. The museum has commissioned Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto through his Tokyo-based architectural firm New Material Research Laboratory (NMRL) to redesign the lobby in order to transform the overall museum experience.

Along with a reconfigured entrance, expect new furnishings inspired by the circular shape of the building as well as a new prismatic light sculpture installation, called, “Your oceanic feeling,” designed by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson in 2015.

Both the coffee bar and the redesigned lobby are set to open February 2018.

Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560

7. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
Rendering via the Smithsonian Institution

Starting the summer of 2018, the National Air and Space Museum will undergo a nearly $1 billion overhaul. When it comes to what to expect for this Smithsonian Institution project, all 23 exhibit area will be replaced with the first few exhibits expected to open by 2021. When new cladding is added to the exterior of the building, it is expected to have a lifespan of 100 years. Across the roof, 1,300, 345-watt solar panels will also be installed.

This will be the Smithsonian Institution’s most costly project ever undertaken.

600 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560

8. International Spy Museum

955 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024
Rendering courtesy of the International Spy Museum

Designed by Hickok Cole Architects, this new development is expected to replace the International Spy Museum located in Chinatown. It will feature a theater, lecture hall, interactive exhibits, and classroom space. There will also be multi-functional event space.

The expected delivery is the fall of 2018.

955 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC 20024

9. Ballston Common Mall

4238 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203
Rendering courtesy of Forest City Washington

In September 2018, Ballston Common Mall will debut a brand new, 25,000-square-foot food hall, one of the largest in the D.C. area. The food hall will have 18 restaurants with a 5,000-square-foot plaza in the center. There will also be a large outdoor patio space for two restaurants with communal seating.

For a full list of what restaurants have been announced so far, check out this Curbed DC article.

4238 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203

10. Audi Field

32-60 R St SW, Washington, DC 20024
Rendering via Populous

In February 2017, groundbreaking began for Buzzard Point’s brand new, $300 million D.C. United Stadium, otherwise known as Audi Field. Set to open July 14, this stadium will have a capacity of 20,000 with 31 luxury suites included. There will also be 500,000 square feet of mixed-use retail and residential space.

For more renderings, head to Curbed DC.

32-60 R St SW
Washington, DC 20024