Chris Harvey has shown with the Fitzgerald and the Union Wharf in Baltimore that he can design.
He and Hord Coplan Macht architects lost the chances to design another big residential structure at 100 Light Street when new owners changed the architect and another chance to design for Bozzutto again when the Anthem House that Scott Plank does with Bozzutto went to a DC area firm.
But now HCM can design even bigger and bolder in DC themselves for no one lesser than Jair Lynch, a man who develops boldly in emerging areas like this one along the Anacostia right next to the new Nationals Stadium.
Jair Lynch is considering two development strategies for Half Street. One provides for 401,600 square feet of residential and 60,100 square feet of retail, while a second provides for 326,500 square feet of residential, 75,100 square feet of hotel and 60,100 square feet of retail.
In either scenario, 7,900 square feet of residential along N Street could be reprogrammed for retail if market conditions call for it.
The proposed building design from Hord Coplan Macht is described as a modern concept, with a range of materials “applied in ways to differentiate the uses, and reinforce the mixed-use character of the Half Street gateway and surrounding neighborhood.” The building features two stories of retail, with projecting glass bays along Half Street. (Washington Business Journal).
Per a list in last week's BBJ, HCM is Baltimore's sexing largest architecture firm based on local billing.
Baltimore Architecture goes to Washington! The only other thing we need now is for Jair to invest in Baltimore.
Klaus Philipsen, FAIA