Modern Design in Historic Fredericksburg
DESIGN BRIEF | June 2018
MV+A is pleased to be working with Liberty Place Partners, LLC to design a significant new project on the edge of the Historic District in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The project occupies an entire city block along William Street, the primary access road to the downtown area. The project will extend the urban streetscape with a three-story retail and office building positioned on the southern half of the block. Broad building canopies enliven the wide sidewalk area with seating for two planned restaurants. Retail continues along Winchester Street, flanking the primary office entrance.
The mass of the building is broken into two complementary pieces, with a different treatment of red brick on each facade. Facing Winchester Street, the third floor of the building is set back slightly, highlighting bold brick cornices and detailing reminiscent of the late 19th and early 20th century commercial buildings within the district. The William Street facade treatment is more modern in character, evoking a vertical mid-20th century factory aesthetic, wrapping around onto Douglas Street.
The northern half of the block contains a 5-story independent parking garage, providing public parking to facilitate the development of the western end of the commercial district. The pre-cast structure will be clad in red brick with cast stone trim. Each facade is detailed to respond to the character of the specific street that it fronts. Facing Amelia Street, a low stone retaining wall and raised garden creates a park-like setting for local residents and passersby.
Liberty Place brings 21st century planning and design to Fredericksburg, while fitting comfortably into the city’s Historic District. The largest project to be built in the downtown business district, it will continue the organization of ground floor retail with offices located above, traditionally found in Historic Fredericksburg.
MV+A TEAM FEATURE
Lynn Murphy has worked with MV+A for over twelve years, moving with the office from Bethesda to DC in 2013. Lynn is easily considered one of the “originals” at the firm and is an easy go-to person when it comes to MV+A policies, procedures, and funny anecdotes. Lynn is also MV+A’s resident pool shark, she plays on two teams in the Amateur Pool Association.
ON POOL AND ARCHITECTURE
“There are a lot of similarities between pool and architecture, especially the precise nature of both. Of course, there is the geometry of it, using angles to get the balls in the pockets, but there is also the team environment – being able to ask your friends/co-workers for their opinion.”
ON WORK AT MV+A
Throughout the years, my proudest work on a project would have to be Rodin Square. The project looks great but was very tough since there were so many things to consider, especially the CA part of it. I helped with the Whole Foods Market as well, and I had never worked on a project of that size before.”
DESIGN BRIEF | JUNE 2017
Riverdale Park, Maryland
Riverdale Park Station was off to a vibrant start with the opening of Whole Foods Market this past April. MV+A designed the master plan of the 38-acre Riverdale Park Station, which includes 160,000 square feet of commercial space, including shops, restaurants, Whole Foods Market, and Gold’s Gym; 22,000 square feet of offices; and nearly 1,000 residential units. MV+A is involved with numerous components of the project, undertaking expanded roles such as architect for the completed Whole Foods Market building and interiors, for four additional commercial Buildings that are currently under construction, and the multi-family building that will begin construction later this year. Additionally, MV+A is the design architect for the 119 townhouses that are currently under construction. Riverdale Park Station also features several parks, children’s play spaces, public art, bike share, and bike lanes, and is already taking shape as a gathering place for the local community. Learn more below.
Whole Foods Market opens at The Apollo at H Street
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Sited in the heart of DC’s lively H Street corridor, The Apollo bolsters the H Street resurgence with the opening of Whole Foods Market this Spring. MV+A is proud to have worked with Insight Property Group and SK+I Architecture in bringing this keystone project to life. MV+A led the retail planning and street level façade design for The Apollo and served as the design architect for Whole Foods Market interiors.
MV+A TEAM FEATURE
Colleen joined the MV+A team in the Spring of 2016 after graduating from Philadelphia University, and was integral to the Riverdale Park Station Whole Foods Market team.
During school, I was lucky enough to study abroad for a semester in Rome, Italy. Rome has an almost reverential attitude toward its historic fabric, but there is also some incredible contemporary work beyond the Aurelian Walls. There was no way I was going to miss seeing one of my all-time favorite buildings, Richard Meier’s Jubilee Church.
I dragged a few friends on a series of trains and buses to go see it, only to have to wait out in suburbia for it to open again (it closes for the afternoon and we arrived mere minutes after closing). Thankfully it was a beautiful day, so we took the opportunity to get some exterior shots and walk around the surrounding neighborhood.
I’m glad to say that it was worth the wait. I’m captivated by architecture that deftly manipulates light and texture to craft an experience, which is what draws me to this project and the rest of Meier’s work. Geometric forms slip past one another, with slots of light emerging between. In my experience, successful play of light can create a solemn, quiet sense of awe, rendering an atmosphere of the sacred and connecting the user back to nature. Being in this space was such a powerful experience. I would have loved to spend a full day at this building, watching the light change with the movement of the sun.