Water Building One

A Building as Amenity and Identity at The Wharf

Text by Matthias Hollwich

Location  WASHINGTON, D.C.

Status  EXPECTED COMPLETION 2022

Client  HOFFMAN-MADISON WATERFRONT

Size  13,400 SF

Team  MATTHIAS HOLLWICH, TODD SHAPIRO, ROBERT MAY, THOMAS ORTON, JOE KUHN, ALBERTO HERZOG, NICOLAS LEE

Wharf Marina sits on the edge of the new District Wharf development in Washington, D.C. The building, designed for hospitality and to host visiting boat crews, is a taught and graphic design set against the backdrop of millions of square feet of new development. It is a new icon to welcome boats to Washington, D.C. and visitors to District Wharf.

Water Building One’s truss is a conceptual extension of the long bench that runs along District Wharf’s waterfront. Here at Wharf Marina 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 towards the Jefferson Memorial, hundreds of yacht slips, and over the water.