A rendering of the units from Perkins Eastman.
A third of the micro-units planned for The Wharf in Southwest will be designated as affordable, and the units will be built on modules easily converted into one-bedrooms in the event that the micro-unit trend doesn’t survive over the long term, the project’s developer said Wednesday.
There will be 180 of these small apartments at the Wharf, about 170 of which will measure between 330 and 360 square feet, said Sandy Silverman, an architect with Perkins Eastman, at a micro-unit conference put on by AIA|DC. Matthew Steenhoek of Hoffman-Madison Waterfront said the units will make up just 6 percent of the $2 billion Wharf redevelopment project in Southwest DC.
This is what a party in a micro-unit looks like. Rendering by Perkins-Eastman.
The units will have 9-foot ceilings, which another presenter at the conference called the ideal height for a micro-unit, as well as a sliding barn door that will cover the bathroom to avoid a door swinging out and taking up more visual space. The units, scheduled for completion in 2017, will be rented at a market rate somewhere in the range of $1,500-$2,000 per month range, but the developers said they were also “trying to be conservative” and rent for a bit less than $5 a square foot in the studios.
About a third of the units will be designated affordable due to the public funds going into the project, Steenhoek said. The micro-units are distributed throughout the building on every floor, and often sit in pairs, which Steenhoek said made them easy to convert into one-bedrooms in the future if necessary.
All of the units will be located in a 500-unit residential building currently called “Parcel 2” (Steenhoek joked that Parcel 2 was “a very sexy marketing name” for the development), which surrounds and sits on top of the project’s large music hall. The developers have built in noise protection for residents, with air pockets and other engineering solutions.
“It is something that was looked at closely and I’ve gotta trust our consultants on,” Steenhoek said.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/more_renderings_and_details_on_the_wharfs_smallest_apartments/8176
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