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A Preview of the Residential Design Planned for Fannie Mae Redevelopment

by Nena Perry-Brown

A Preview of the Residential Design Planned for Fannie Mae Redevelopment: Figure 1
Aerial rendering of the proposed Fannie Mae redevelopment

Last week, the Fannie Mae redevelopment team met with the community to share a more fleshed-out concept for the site at 3900 Wisconsin Avenue NW (map). They also shared some architectural elements and concepts they have in mind for the residential buildings on the site.

A Preview of the Residential Design Planned for Fannie Mae Redevelopment: Figure 2
A rendering of a portion of the proposed facade for Building 2

While the size and scope of the planned residential buildings are still in flux, the designs for Building 2 and Building 3 are coming in to focus. For example, the building directly across North Lane fronting Wisconsin Avenue (“Building 2”) will employ a pattern of vertical punched windows.

A Preview of the Residential Design Planned for Fannie Mae Redevelopment: Figure 3
A rendering of Building 3 as seen from the north courtyard

The building immediately to the rear of the historic former Fannie Mae headquarters (“Building 3”) will have two wings and will be articulated with single-story masonry volumes stacked asymmetrically in a manner akin to “sliding trays”. The materiality and coloration of the building will be varied to convey the base, middle and top of the edifice. Additional options for the design of Building 3 are seen below.

A Preview of the Residential Design Planned for Fannie Mae Redevelopment: Figure 4
A rendering for another Building 3 option as seen from the north courtyard

A Preview of the Residential Design Planned for Fannie Mae Redevelopment: Figure 5
A rendering for another Building 3 option as seen from the north courtyard

The overall site plan is slated to deliver a total of nine buildings behind an activated front lawn, with up to 700 residential units, the city’s first Wegman’s, a hotel, offices, retail, cultural space, a boutique movie theater, and up to 1,400 below-grade parking spaces.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/a_preview_of_the_residential_design_planned_for_fannie_mae/13206

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