WASHINGTON -- The newly constructed Apollo Apartments were designed to capture the excitement of the early 20th Century Apollo Theater, located on the same site, with modern amenities.

Sitting atop the building, which houses more than 350 apartments, a Whole Foods store and independent coffeehouse, The Wydown is a large, landscaped rooftop deck and outdoor living environment. It includes a multi-use pool/fountain, movie screen with lawn seating, a 360-degree view of the city, benches and dining tables.

For the decking portion of the project, the Apollo’s landscape architect, Payam Ostovar of Washington-based Landscape Architecture Bureau specified Kebony modified wood.

Developed in Norway, the Kebony technology is a patented process that enhances the properties of sustainable softwood with a bio-based liquid. The process permanently modifies the wood cell walls giving Kebony premium hardwood characteristics and a rich brown color. After exposure to sun and rain the wood develops a natural silver-gray patina.

Ostovar said the decking is performing well since construction was completed earlier this year, and one of the best benefits the owners have noticed is that being a pool deck, it is far cooler than the adjacent concrete pavers. Kebony was also used for the pergola and benches throughout the project.

Other materials used for the project included Hanover, SynLawn and Handydeck pavers, and furniture comprising an Ore firepit, Alfresco grills and Streetlife bench products. See https://kebony.com/us/