Perkins Eastman | The Wharf Southwest Waterfront

The Wharf: Southwest Waterfront

Washington, District of Columbia
The Wharf is a new mixed-use waterfront neighborhood being developed by Hoffman-Madison Waterfront as part of the District of Columbia’s transformative Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. The site is located on the historic Washington Channel along DC’s Southwest Waterfront and adjacent to the National Mall. The Wharf stretches across almost one mile of waterfront on 24 acres of land and more than 50 acres of waterfront, from the Municipal Fish Market to Fort McNair.

When complete, The Wharf will comprise approximately 3.2 million SF of new residential, office, retail, hotel, cultural and public uses including parks, promenades, waterfront piers, and docks. Our design approach was take this once neglected and largely sequestered section of the city and redevelop it into a timeless, sustainable, and flexible destination that will be used year round. The Wharf embodies a well established and time-tested approach to building cities; at the same time, it represents a new and innovative approach to building waterfronts.

The architectural character relies on a diversity of scales, utilizing stepped-back façades, a variety of complementary materials, and careful attention paid to the pedestrian experience. On The Wharf, a fully activated, mixed-use urban environment is extended right up to and beyond the water’s edge. This project will be among the first of its kind in the District to achieve LEED ND Gold. Phase 1 opens to the public on October 12, 2017. Phase 2 is expected to begin construction in late 2018.
AWARDS
ULI Washington Trends Awards, Impact Award (2017)
Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), Charter Awards: Best Neighborhood Plan (2014)
Press
The Architect's NewspaperThe Wharf, D.C.'s Massive Waterfront Development, Is Now Open
City LabThe Problem With 'Fast-Casual Architecture'
The New York TimesA Decaying Waterfront in Washington Returns to Life