David M. Schwarz Architects and
the Waycroft Building in Arlington, VA
Thursday June 3, 12 PM
Join CNU-DC and the design team at David M. Schwarz Architects (DMSAS) to discuss the design of the mixed-use Waycroft Building in Arlington, VA. See the "Conversations" tab for additional background information on Michael Swartz, a principal with the firm.
Michael C. Swartz, Principal with DAVID M. SCHWARZ ARCHITECTS (DMSAS) will discuss the firm’s recently completed building, The Waycroft in Arlington, Virginia. The 2.12-acre, full block site accommodates a mixed-use building with 491 residential units, 61,000 square feet of street-level retail, and three levels of below-grade parking. The broad curve of the building’s primary facade creates a dramatic landmark at a key intersection — an appropriate gateway for the Ballston community, linking and transitioning the dense commercial core with the nearby low-scale residential neighborhood.
Unlike many full-block scaleless perimeter buildings that are proliferating the Washington metro region this particular example creates the illusion of incremental growth, hence timelessness. Several variations in facade's character and height create 3 architectural blocks, with distinct architectural vocabulary for each of the “buildings”. The three structures are connected to create a cohesive building construction, with each building taking on a unique aesthetic while blending seamlessly into the surrounding neighborhood. Incorporating a variety of materials such as brick, cast stone, and precast concrete the facade composition relies on punched windows, cornice line details, and masonry motifs which are reminiscent of the area’s best addresses
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for our upcoming panel discussions:
Repurposing Buildings and Understanding
Relationships to Street
Density Design and the Street Framework
2019 KEA Colloquium
2019 KEA Colloquium