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Gramercy at Metropolitan Park Offers Unparalleled Lifestyle, Design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects

"Nothing Like it Exists"

July 25, 2007

Kettler, one of greater Washington, D.C.’s largest real estate companies, brings to market its much anticipated apartment community The Gramercy at Metropolitan Park in Pentagon City, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The Gramercy is the first apartment community in the Mid-Atlantic designed by world-renowned architect and designer, Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Architect-of-record for the building is WDG Architects.

“We are presenting a new class of apartment living, the first of its kind in the country,” said Jamie Gorski, Chief Marketing officer of Kettler. “The Gramercy offers stunning architecture and finishes, with amenities only found in high-end condominiums and resorts.” In addition to its classic design, the 399-apartment Gramercy will offer residents living spaces with more than 100 different floor plans, providing numerous design options.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects' vision for The Gramercy is to apply a traditional architectural approach to the design of the first building at Metropolitan Park, planned by the firm for Kettler as a ten-building residential neighborhood organized around a two-and-a-half-acre park. The base of The Gramercy is faced with light-colored brick with a cast stone water-table and intricate sculptural detailing. Above, a red brick field is accented with light brick and cast stone, creating vertical and horizontal rhythms and motifs that break down the scale of the building. The Gramercy provides 10,960 square feet of retail space along South Fern Street and embraces a landscaped courtyard. The first phase of the park will open with the building.

“Our aspirations for The Gramercy are high,” said Robert A.M. Stern, founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects. “We are working with Kettler to create a new neighborhood in the great urban tradition of groupings of grand apartment houses that define public parks.”

Robert A.M. Stern Architects designed The Gramercy's common living areas, including a stunning lobby with 24 hour front desk and concierge service, rooftop deck, lap pool, executive center with conference room, private screening room, social room with billiards, sports club, club room, and a private landscaped courtyard, as well as underground parking.

“The architecture and design of Robert A.M. Stern moves The Gramercy beyond bricks and mortar to a work of art,” adds Gorski. Apartments at The Gramercy range from $1,600 to $6,600 per month and are scheduled to be available for occupancy in fall.

About Kettler

Based in Northern Virginia and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2007, Kettler is a leading developer of award-winning, mixed-use residential and commercial properties across the Washington Metropolitan area. In 2007, Kettler was named one of the area’s largest private companies by the Washington Business Journal and is one of the nation’s top 20 multifamily developers. Kettler has developed more than five million square feet of commercial space and more than 50,000 homes. The company also owns and manages 9,000 apartments in 40 locations. Current projects include urban and transit-oriented developments, multifamily housing, commercial and mixed-use developments and resort communities.

About Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Robert A.M. Stern Architects is a 300-person firm of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and supporting staff. Over its forty-year history, the firm has established an international reputation as a leading design firm with wide experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work. As the firm's practice has diversified, its geographical scope has widened to include current projects in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout the United States. Neighborhood planning has been integral to Robert A.M. Stern Architects' mission since its founding; the firm was co-master planner of Celebration, Florida, a new town embodying all the strength and diversity of a town that evolved naturally, and masterminded the revival of New York's 42nd Street. The firm brings the benefit of forty years of experience designing custom houses to all its multifamily residential projects.