The relationship between Washington, DC and the water’s edge has been one of the city’s great challenges. As the commercial uses of its waterfront have lain dormant since the urban renewal efforts of the 1950s-‘60s, the District, like many other cities around the world, has sought to create a sustainable vision for its rebirth. District Wharf began with the creation of a Water Plan, which frames the vision and was one of the keys to understanding the potential for land-side development—the entire channel was considered the site, not just water’s edge. By making the Water Plan a priority, people participate in a waterfront “theater” where boats, public piers, pedestrians, cyclists, retail patrons, and cultural programs come together in one vibrant location. On land, District Wharf embodies the ideals of great placemaking, with direct public access lined by cafés and restaurants where people meet, congregate, and enjoy urban life and where a sense of spontaneity prevails. Active public spaces are enlivened by public art serving as destinations where outdoor activities and festivities take place. The plan is purposely porous with open space and view corridors to the city and the water throughout.
Location Washington, DC
Master Plan Architect/Urban Designer Perkins Eastman and Perkins Eastman DC
Phase I Architects BBGM; Cunningham | Quill Architects, FOX Architects, Handel Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Moffatt & Nichol; MTFA Architecture; Perkins Eastman and Perkins Eastman DC; SK+I Architecture; SmithGroup; StudioMB, WDG Architecture
Landscape Architects Lee and Associates
Landscape Architects Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Project Team PSI; Engineering Consultants: AMT Consulting Engineers, LLC; Southwest Waterfront Engineering Group; Joint Venture; SK&A and Thornton Tomasetti; Michael Blades & Associates, Ltd.; Marine Engineering Consultant: Moffat & Nichol; Clark Construction Group, LLC, and Clark Foundations, LLC; Bliss Fasman Inc. and MCLA; Sustainable Design Consulting: Greening Urban, LLC; and Heller & Metzger, PC; Constructability and Construction Feasibility: Clark Construction Group, LLC; and Clark Foundations, LLC
2020 AIANY Design Awards