Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd…
Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,
I don’t care if I never get back…
Is this the song DC will be singing as they root, root, root for the home teams of JBG and ODA Architecture as they complete work on West Half, a development located at the foot of the Washington Nationals major league baseball stadium ? It might as well be.
West Half will be a unique addition to DC’s exciting capitol riverfront neighborhood. According to an article on designboom, the development will seek “to connect residents to the surrounding community, while serving as a visual counterpoint to the neighboring sports landmark.” West Half has been designed by ODA, a New York-based architecture firm that has done work in numerous cities around the world.
In fact, ODA boldly claims on their website that since their beginning in 2007, they have “quickly emerged as one of the most recognized firm of its generation, promptly establishing a reputation for delivering imaginative and mold-breaking designs, seeking to re-order architectural priorities by putting people first.” Of course, the firm hasn’t gone in on this project alone. The vision has been thought up in cahoots with JBG Smith, a development firm local to the DC area that specializes in “transforming properties into places.” The dynamic and successful pair has also enlisted the help of HITT, a full-service contracting firm that will be on the ground floor of West Half to build it little by little.
In terms of what the end result will look like, West Half will be a mixed-used development projected to bring excitement and energy to an area that’s still by many accounts, up and coming. The building will be 11 stories high, offering 465 apartments, two floors of retail space, and a distinctive outside look thanks to the visionary style of ODA. Speaking to the unique look and feel of the project, HITT’s website details, “ The building’s façade is a hallmark element of the project with a highly terraced and articulated skin, accentuated with a combination of glass window wall systems, metal panels, glass railings, and balcony planters.”
Living spaces here will feature state-of-the-art finishes, not to mention amenities such a private landscaped lawn and courtyard, outdoor pool deck with lounge areas, grilling stations, expansive views, and more. According to designboom, roughly 50% of the units here will even boast a direct view of the baseball field, thanks to private outdoor terraces.
As a modern addition to this neighborhood’s skyline, West Half’s looks have been carefully thought out. After all, it’s estimated that the building will be highly visible to 50 million people via television during each baseball season. Andrew Horn, a principal at JBG, spoke to City Biz List on the excitement surrounding this development:
“We believe West Half is perfectly primed for the youthful, energetic and diverse lifestyles that are thronging to the Ballpark District. It’s unique amenities, intriguing features and distinctive architecture will become a draw that will mark West Half as a popular landmark in the Capitol Riverfront.”
Nearing the end of a quest that started in 2015, West Half is slated to open this summer, in July. Hopefully, by then, we can all appreciate the development’s finishes, even if from afar…
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