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A Simplified Design for One of the Most Prominent Residential Buildings at Walter Reed

by Nena Perry-Brown

New rendering of Building QRS across Dahlia. Click to enlarge.

Nearly six months after the public got its first look at one of the most prominent residential buildings planned at the old Walter Reed campus, the design has been revised.

Building QRS will replace two buildings off the southwest corner of Georgia Avenue and Dahlia Street NW (map), delivering up to 320 rental units and 24,000 square feet of commercial space.

Designed by BKV Group, the building will be five stories high and 1.5 blocks long, but is meant to read as three buildings. Based on feedback from the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) in January, the design has been somewhat simplified. With the new design, the ground-floor storefronts are more aligned with how the façade is arranged above, brick clads the façade on the top floor, and there is a more pronounced difference between the "buildings". 

Building Q, from 12th and Dahlia. Click to enlarge.

The development will have 240 below-grade parking spaces, and about 10-11% of the residential space will be units affordable to households earning up to 50% and 80% of median family income. To compensate for the current retail climate, some of the storefronts along Georgia Avenue will house "outward-facing" building amenities, such as a café, a yoga studio, and co-working space, and smaller storefronts could serve as live/work units for local business owners and artisans. 

Building QRS, along Georgia Avenue. Click to enlarge.

Overall, the multi-phase, 66-acre development at The Parks will eventually deliver over 2,100 residential units; 150,000 square feet of retail; two charter schools; office, hotel, and creative space; and 14 acres of green space. Hines, Urban Atlantic, Triden and architect Torti Gallas Urban are the master planners.

HPRB will consider the revised application later this month. Additional renderings are below.

Building S. Click to enlarge.
Building R. Click to enlarge.
West side of Building Q. Click to enlarge.
West side of Building S. Click to enlarge.
Building S. Click to enlarge.
West side of Building R. Click to enlarge.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/a-simplified-design-for-building-qrs-at-walter-reed/17971

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