The Yards is a new mixed-use redevelopment in Washington’s Capitol Riverfront, and is transforming a disused industrial center into an urban destination. Situated on 42-acres in a designated historic zone, contextually-sensitive new construction finds authenticity amidst preserved and reused historic structures. Totaling 5.5 million-sf, residential, office and retail uses will provide the infrastructure for a burgeoning waterfront live-work-play environment on the threshold of DC’s redevelopment boundaries.
At The Yards, architecture is an expression of a hip, branded lifestyle. A self-professed home to trendsetters and a young urbanites thirsty for unique experiences, the development is anchored by the requisite components—a live-music venue, restaurants, an artsy public park, and boutique shopping. Guild provides more than 6,000-sf of retail space along the bases of its two 10-story residential towers. A public courtyard and indoor private amenity spaces link the towers at ground-level. The courtyard creates a hidden urban oasis while allowing views from adjacent apartments The Bower. At the rooftop level, green roofs and an amenity terrace provide 360° city views.
WDG Architecture is Executive Architect in association with Design Architect Johnson Fain.
193,000-sf, 10-story, 198-unit residential building with 6,200-sf retail and 8,000-sf amenity space. Parking for 250 vehicles.
Though simultaneously constructed, the architectural vernacular of Guild and The Bower work together to create an illusion of incremental growth. The Bower overtly uses the massing and materiality of historic industrial buildings and appears to have been constructed first. Unambiguously modern, Guild is intentionally massed to gracefully accommodate The Bower. Clad in materials that reflect an industrial heritage, it features two types of metal panels, steel balcony rails and top floor skylights. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows in units maximize transparency, allow abundant natural light, and are suggestive of the Anacostia River’s movement.