The Visio and Murano are situated on a quiet street in the Greater U-Street Corridor, a residential area complemented by a rich quasi-industrial fabric that is fast becoming the epicenter of Washington's contemporary and cutting-edge music and visual arts scenes. Acknowledging and incorporating elements from its historic context, the Visio and Murano were conceived as a modern interpretation of traditional Washington "infill" row housing. Sorg Architects deconstructed the typical bay front Washington row house, transforming it into a sculptural piece that represents the antithesis of the stereotypical modern "glass box". The project's height, mass, proportion, materials and "cut-away" elements subtly and elegantly relate to its context; but rather than resorting to style mimicry, offer a modernism that is germane to the complex urban neighborhood and speaks to the consumer. The project, an example of modern architecture sensitively integrated into its historic urban context, has served to catalyze development of the remaining infill sites in this changing neighborhood.