More Renderings of The Wharf Development coming to SW Waterfront

Following yesterday’s groundbreaking check out some more awesome renderings via The Wharf:

“The Wharf is a 24-acre world-class, mixed-use community along one mile of prime waterfront real estate and includes more than 50 acres of water in Southwest Washington, D.C. The 3.2 million square feet of buildable area will be transformed into one of the most exciting, master-planned, urban waterfront environments in the world.”





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  • Lol @ the crystal blue waters of the Potomac in the rendering.

  • justinbc

    Ooh these have more people and fancier boats! 🙂

  • I can guarantee no one is going to sit on the docks and dangle their feet in the Potomac.

  • Maybe they’ll hang out in the pirate ship. Don’t forget it’s the Anacostia river…

    • wait sorry, it’s the Potomac…just as clean though!

    • Haha, yeah I was thinking “what is that humongous double masted ship doing there?” Not even sure that can get up the Washington Channel if it wanted.

  • It looks like the mix of plain and ugly that’s been going up near White Flint.

  • you’re all making me feel bad that I don’t hate it

  • I think it looks cool. Definitely better than anything down there now.

  • >>Insert snarky, ‘whitty,’ hateful comment here<<

    Seems to be what people think the comment section is for.

  • Anything is an improvement on the “wharf” but it will still be a hard pace to navigate with L’Enfant Plaza between it and the rest of the city. What a crap-ugly design that place is. The most pedestrian un-friendly in the city.

  • This will be real nice when they finish it 5 years after their projected finish date.

  • Renderings like those are why so much urban design is bad. Instead of designing things that will attract pedestrians and people hanging out, the designers seem to think it is sufficient to just draw them in. In the first picture, why would people just be wandering on boat docks? Why would a lot of people be on a balcony doing nothing. Even the people on the first floor, I am not sure why that many people would be there as there doesn’t appear to be anythign to draw them there.

    In the picture of square filled with people, what is drawing them to the square? There is minimal shade, no benches, etc. I also don’t know how many, bike, stroleers and wheelchairs (lower left) would really be comfortable on the cobblestone esque surface.

    People don’t go places because you draw them in, you have to design something that works.

    • Well, that new Georgetown waterfront park seems to be attracting a lot of people, at least on weekends, without any specific draws. On the other hand, the similar new waterfront park in Navy Yard doesn’t usually have very many people in it. I wonder which way this one will trend.

      • Yes but the Gerogetown one has trees and grass. When I mean draws I don’t mean always shops or events or things like that, I just mean little things like benches that make it more useable for people. That is the key, good design.

        • nathaniel, guaranteed there is a master landscaping plan for this development. I love the boo, hiss, never gonna work, hate it people like you. I’ve moved 5 times now into developments and neighborhoods that folks like you poo poo’d all over with nothing but negative comments about how no one will ever buy or live there. I’ve flipped them all and have cashed in a cool million now. DC’s market continues to grow and increase no matter what the nay sayers like you think.

      • The Yards Park is just starting to get restaurants and retail. The last few times I’ve been there it’s been pretty lively, even on a cold winter night, and especially when it’s a nice day. Once the construction’s finished it will be just as crazy as Georgetown. I’m trying to enjoy the relative peace and quiet there while it lasts!

    • I was thinking the same thing. That “piazza” looks like it will be absolutely brutal in the summer with the sun beating down on it. If there are some decent restaurants you might see a few people dining al fresco, but without good landscaping or fountains or even a place to sit I can’t imagine why anyone would just be hanging out there.

  • I live on the waterfront now. You would be surprised how many people are out walking/running biking on the seawall now, even with nothing else to do. On any nice day there are lots of people out, and a lot of them just like looking at boats and water, including a lot of families with kids, who are overlooked in most discussions about pedestrian appeal. The tour boats also bring in crowds. Throw in restaurants, retail, and improved water access and I do think people will find it. But I completely agree the grade change from Banneker Park to the waterfront and the highway system make pedestrian access down from L’Enfant challenging, and I am not convinced the SW Ecodistrict plan for a garden promenade is going to bring people off the mall in any great number. Farther down the Mall, Ninth Street is not continuous and Seventh Street is boring when it’s not depressing. It is going to take some kind of hop on shuttle or mini-circulator and L’Enfant metro from the Mall to get folks to the Wharf unless they live there already.

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