Whole Foods Market, Columbia

“Whole Foods has led to a new vibrancy and life all around Downtown Columbia.” — Ken Ulman, Howard County Executive


Columbia, Maryland

Praised for the creative approach to building preservation, the Whole Foods Market in Columbia, Maryland, is an adaptive reuse of a Frank Gehry-designed building. Opened in 1974, the Rouse Company Building acted as office, gathering place, and city hall for the newly developed Columbia. In MV+A’s adaptation, the third floor of the existing building was removed to give a 41,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market the volume needed to accommodate a modern retailer. MV+A was responsible for site and building planning, schematic design, and the tenant interiors for the new Whole Foods Market. Cho Benn Holback + Associates was the architect of record for this project and FRCH Design Worldwide provided environmental graphics.

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