NPR Kojo Nnamdi Show: The Urban Grocery Store
NEWS | FEBRUARY 24, 2016
Washington, District of Columbia
Follow the link below to listen as partner Jim Voelzke, FAIA, Roger Lewis, FAIA, and NPR host Kojo Nnamdi discuss well-designed grocery stores’ pivotal role in DC’s urban landscape. “Grocery stores are starting to become more than just a place to buy food. Thanks in part to welcoming facades and inviting social spaces, the supermarket’s place in the DC region has never been more important.”
Often the most highlighted aspect of a building is the exterior: its integration to an urban landscape, its innovation, the choice of materials. But along with award-winning base building design, MV+A has become an expert in retail and corporate interior architecture. Read below to learn about our interiors work with several east coast grocery stores, and the architect behind it.
Interiors are the core of how people, on a day-to-day basis, really interact with their built environment, where excellent design makes a store, office, or residential experience one you want to return to. For the design of our grocery stores and projects, we tailor the design of each project to reflect each unique location as well as the program of each store. We work with the local area in mind; details about the history or landmarks in a neighborhood drive design elements like ceiling finishes and lighting.
Staff Feature: Kyle Mincey, AIA
On finding out about MV+A 14 years ago:
Reading about the P Street Whole Foods Market and its impact on the 14th Street/Logan Circle area was how I found MV+A. I remember thinking, who would have known that grocery would have such a positive impact?
On MV+A now:
We have so many new projects and staff. When I first started working here, we were working on retail and grocery stores, and we were branching into different project types like 1700 Duke Street and the Tivoli Theater restoration; now we’ve deepened that type of work and are known for complicated projects like Rodin Square, 77H, and other mixed-use retail.