Wharf Water Building 1

The Wharf Water Building 1 floats on the edge of the new District Wharf community in Washington, D.C. along the Washington Channel.  The taut and graphic design of the building, set against the backdrop of millions of square feet of new development, is a beacon that welcomes foot traffic to the water and arriving boats to the 460 slip marina. At a time when most developers are thinking about building amenities, this building is an amenity for the entire neighborhood. It is a new gathering place for the local neighborhood and the city at large.

The building’s truss is a visual extension of the long bench that runs along the Washington Channel waterfront. Here at the Water Building the bench turns towards the water, zigzagging between deck and ceiling. Housed inside of the evocative truss is a simply detailed glass box with large column-free interior spaces – providing uninterrupted views over the water, past hundreds of yacht slips, and towards the Jefferson Memorial.

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Status: In Progress
  • Client: Hoffman-Madison Waterfront
  • Size: 13,400 SF
  • Team: Matthias Hollwich, AIA Marc Kushner, AIA Todd Shapiro, Robert May, Thomas Orton, Joe Kuhn, Alberto Herzog, Nicolas Lee