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Capital One Café – Georgetown wins AN Best of Design Award

Architect’s Newspaper awarded LEO A DALY its top prize for the design of a retail space

Photos courtesy of Capital One/Garrett Rowland Photography

Architect’s Newspaper has chosen Capital One Café – Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) as the best retail project of the year in its annual AN Best of Design Awards competition. 

Capital One Café reestablishes the placemaking role of banking with flagship café. Less a branch than a local social/coworking space, the café offers a cozy environment for neighborhood residents to stress less, save more and find inspiration in the people around you. 

The interior creates neighborhood with a welcoming environment and local materials, furnishings and artwork. Three stories connected by a spiral staircase provide a variety of seating and functional options to support the social and entrepreneurial needs of neighbors. Communal tables and lounge chairs, meeting rooms with digital presentation media, free Wi-Fi with power outlets and video teller ATMs transform the bank into a social hub.  

The design is in synch with its historic Georgetown surroundingsThe interior design makes preservation of its storied 1920s architecture a focal point. Restored brick walls, exposed and repaired wood beam ceilings and repaired historic tile celebrate the building’s history.