The Wren

Washington, DC

The U-shaped building features a central landscaped courtyard with residential amenities, including a bridge across the courtyard between the building’s wings that serves as a lounge and informal social space with views of the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol.

Location
965 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC

Client
MRP

Completion Date
2020

Size
433 residential units including 30% affordable, 344 parking spaces, 46,000 SF retail, 351,500 SF Total

Project Type
New Construction, Residential, Including Affordable Housing, Retail

Professional Credits
Hord Coplan Macht Design Architect and Architect of Record
PGN Architects

Reminiscent of the former industrial context

The Wren is a mixed-use residential building located in the historic, formerly industrial Washington, DC Shaw District to the south and at the gateway to Howard University to the north. A 46,000-SF Whole Foods market anchors the ground floor, supported by below-grade parking that also serves the residences on upper levels. The U-shaped building features a central landscaped courtyard with residential amenities, including a bridge across the courtyard between the building’s wings that serves as a lounge and informal social space with views of the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. Additional amenities at the penthouse level include a swimming pool, community garden, and an area where residents can walk their dogs.    

The architectural character bridges the historic context of steel-frame and masonry industrial buildings and current expectations of a more contemporary approach. The three-story frame and masonry materials reflect the scale and texture of older buildings in the adjoining blocks, whereas the prismatic glass bays provide a more dynamic character that distinguishes the development in the marketplace.

Sean Pichon, AIA

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