Developers Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW) select 11 US-based Architecture Firms to design phase 2 of the U.S. capital city’s waterfront development project, the Wharf. Principal and Senior VP of Development at PN Hoffman, Shawn Seaman said: “We have selected a diverse group of locally, nationally, and internationally renowned designers, knowing they will bring their talent and expertise to The Wharf, building a waterfront neighborhood that is an integral part of the city.”
The $2billion project is located on Washington D.C.’s southeast waterfront, adjacent to the National Mall and covering 24 acres of land 50 acres of water. The Wharf neighborhood is aimed to revitalize the Potamic River waterfront with its mile-long stretch of restaurants, retailers, residences, and businesses, surrounded by the city’s landmarks and influenced by the district’s history and culture.
Phase 1 of the Wharf will be opening in October this year, while the commencing phase 2 is scheduled to open in 2021. Phase 2 constitutes 1.2 million sqft of a mixed-use development which includes parks and green spaces, in addition to residential, commercial, retail space, and marina.
The 11 firms that will be participating in the execution of Phase 2 are:
Perkins Eastman DC:
The international planning, design, and consulting firm will act as the master planner and master architect for the project. It will be responsible for the further development of the neighborhood’s original master plan, in addition to all the infrastructure and underground parking of Phase 2.
The New York-based firm is known for its superior office designs and experience in waterfront projects which include the Pier 15 East River. It will be designing two office towers, Parcel 6 & 7, as well as their corresponding retail space.
The firm is based in Washington D.C. and it will be collaborating with SHoP Architects in the design of Parcel 6 & 7 towers as architects of record. The firm has, also, participated in the completion of VIO and Incanto residences in Phase I of this project.
Another New York-based firm, ODA will be designing Parcel 8, a mixed-income apartment complex with retail spaces. The 10-year-old firm has developed a reputation for its innovative and socially responsible designs, as part of the modern urban context.
Rafael Viñoly Architects:
The celebrated international firm, founded by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly, will be designing Parcel 9’s luxury condominiums. In addition to working on major international projects that include museums and academic institutions, the firm has accomplished multiple luxury residential projects including 432 Park Avenue and One River Point.
Morris Adjmi Architects:
The firm is, also, based in New York and it will be designing Parcel 10 commercial office. The firm has previously designed other commercial buildings like Theory Building and the High line Building in New York. They have also worked on the Atlantic Plumbing house development in Washington D.C.
The global firm specialized in civic, mixed-use, and workplace design will be designing a multi-purpose building for marina services. The firm focuses on “enhancing the human experience.” It started in 1985 and has worked various types of projects including residential, commercial, and educational among many others.
Hollwich Kushner (HWKN):
Based in New York’s Lower Manhatten, the firm will be responsible for the design of the Wharf Marina. The 10-year-old renowned firm founded by Matthias Hollwich and Marc Kushner has previously won the highly acclaimed MoMA/PS1 Young architects Program for their design of Wendy.
S9 Architecture is based in New York, and it will be responsible for the Wharf Marina Operations and Cantina Marina Pier. The firm is currently working on several projects in New York. It is known for making good use of the urban surroundings to achieve an optimal spatial experience for the users. It has completed many mixed-use, commercial, cultural, and adaptive-use projects.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA):
MMVA, based in Brooklyn, will be designing the M Street Landing, a public outdoor space which will be connecting the waterfront to Arena Stage. The firm has worked on the design of a number of parks including Hudson Park, Boulevard, and the popular Brooklyn Bridge Waterfront.
Wolf | Josey Landscape Architects:
The firm has been responsible for most of the landscape in the Wharf’s phase 1: the promenade and the public spaces on the ground-level and rooftop. It has, previously, worked on other major landscape projects in Washington DC which include the National Zoo’s Asia Trail and Waterfront Park.