The Evolution of Residential Design

DESIGN BRIEF | April 2019

The Evolution of Residential Design

MV+A has been involved in mixed-use residential design for the past two decades, with projects that have evolved with market changes and respond to the specific conditions of the site and program. This month our Design Brief presents a timeline of a few examples that are completed, under construction, and on the boards.

1700 Duke, Alexandria, VA | completed 2006

Residential design WFM | Old Town, Alexandria, VA
WFM | Old Town, Alexandria, VA

This 175,000-square-foot project serves as a gateway to new mixed-use developments west of Old Town Alexandria. As a Planned Unit Development (PUD), the project required a rigorous approval process by the Alexandria Board of Architectural Review. On the first floor is a 42,000‑square‑foot Whole Foods Market along with a 3,000-square-foot residential lobby. Above are three levels of 116 luxury condominiums with a fitness center and a 10,000-square-foot outdoor courtyard.

Northgate, Falls Church, VA | completed 2007

Northgate | Falls Church, VA
Northgate | Falls Church, VA

The design of this mixed-use project reinforces the strong urban architecture of the nearby Washington Street façades. The 300,000-square-foot project is an infill development that takes advantage of the allowable density and proximity to major commercial centers. The building mass was broken into varied volumes to compensate for the steep sloping site and to reduce the impact on adjoining properties.

77 H, Washington, DC | completed 2013

77 H Street | Washington, DC
77 H Street | Washington, DC

77 H is a true vertically integrated mixed-use building with two stories of retail and four stories of apartments located a few blocks from the United States Capitol, acting as a much-needed link between the two extant retail districts of H Street, NE and Gallery Place/Chinatown. By working with the site’s topography and solving the problem of a large retailer in an urban building, MV+A activated the streetscape along H Street and created 303 apartments on four levels above the urban-format Walmart on the second floor.

Atherton Mill, Charlotte, NC | completion 2019

Atherton Mill | Charlotte, NC
Atherton Mill | Charlotte, NC

MV+A has designed a mixed-use retail and residential project on an 8.4-acre site in Charlotte, North Carolina that relates to the historic Atherton Mill located just north of the site. While the façade facing the mill building borrows from the traditional architecture of the mill, the façade along South Boulevard utilizes a more contemporary interpretation with a weaving pattern of vertical red brick piers and horizontal dark brick bands. The new mixed-use residential and retail project at Atherton in Charlotte provides an opportunity to blend modern and traditional styles to create a lively mixed-use community.

Riverdale Park Building 5, Riverdale Park, MD completion 2020

Riverdale Park Station | Riverdale, MD
Riverdale Park Station | Riverdale, MD

MV+A has designed a mixed-use retail and residential project on an 8.4-acre site in Charlotte, North Carolina that relates to the historic Atherton Mill located just north of the site. While the façade facing the mill building borrows from the traditional architecture of the mill, the façade along South Boulevard utilizes a more contemporary interpretation with a weaving pattern of vertical red brick piers and horizontal dark brick bands. The new mixed-use residential and retail project at Atherton in Charlotte provides an opportunity to blend modern and traditional styles to create a lively mixed-use community.

Faraday Park West & East, Reston, VA completion 2020

Michael Faraday | Wiehle Reston Station, VA
Michael Faraday | Wiehle Reston Station, VA

Faraday Park is a redevelopment of a seven-acre site just east of the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, on the Silver Line. The once low-density enclave of small office buildings is being transformed into a walkable community featuring a new grid of streets and a denser mix of uses, including two seven-story rental apartment buildings containing 408 units and ground floor retail, as well as twenty-six townhouses arranged around a network of public parks. The architecture establishes a grand commercial statement for the anticipated restaurants and shops, and then transitions to a quieter residential character for the garden façade which are articulated with small projecting bays facing the townhouses to create similar scaled elements between the seven-story apartments and the four-story townhomes.

Halley Rise Phase 1, Reston, VA completion 2021

Wegmans Halley Rise | Reston, VA
Wegmans Halley Rise | Reston, VA

Faraday Park is a redevelopment of a seven-acre site just east of the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, on the Silver Line. The once low-density enclave of small office buildings is being transformed into a walkable community featuring a new grid of streets and a denser mix of uses, including two seven-story rental apartment buildings containing 408 units and ground floor retail, as well as twenty-six townhouses arranged around a network of public parks. The architecture establishes a grand commercial statement for the anticipated restaurants and shops, and then transitions to a quieter residential character for the garden façade which are articulated with small projecting bays facing the townhouses to create similar scaled elements between the seven-story apartments and the four-story townhomes.

ULI Real Estate Trends Conference

Come visit MV+A’s Brian Szymanski and Russell Zung on Tuesday, April 30th at the ULI Real Estate Trends conference held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center from 8AM to 6PM. This year’s conference focuses on Urban Innovation, and MV+A will be set up in the center of the exhibit hall at the foot of the grand staircase.

2016 Rodin Square | Philadelphia, PA
Rodin Square, Philadelphia, PA, Winner of the Urban Land institute Award for Excellence 2017