Braddock West is a residential mixed-use building adjacent to the Braddock Road Metro Station, located in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition to a rich cultural heritage, the site has a complex physical context; located between a district of newer high-rise office and residential blocks directly north and a single-family neighborhood the south. The western face of the building addresses the open space in front of the metro station and is the formal front of the building and a gateway element for rail commuters.
The design of the building is a direct response to its context. The building’s massing is broken into two primary masonry volumes that are stepped in height to respond to the surrounding building scales. The primary volumes are set atop a two-story base that creates additional occupiable shoulders, including an additional residential amenity terrace, and address the pedestrian scale of the walking streets to the north, south and west. A rich vocabulary of brick colors and details are accented with more delicate metal and panel elements at the retail and upper monitor levels. A custom vertical screen feature marks the primary building entrance in the center of the block on axis with the station and ties visually to the trellised roof terrace that crowns the western façade. The resulting expression is a contemporary interpretation to Old Town’s historic architecture.
The ground floor hosts a true retail corner at N. West Street and Wythe Street. This corner is chamfered to create an outdoor retail terrace and open views to the station for pedestrians approaching the station from the east. Additionally, the ground floor hosts several “flex” units that can serve as residential loft units or be converted into additional retail as the neighborhood evolves. The balance of the ground floor is programmed with building lobby and residential amenity spaces that open onto a shared terrace in the shallow courtyard to the east.
Braddock West is a 5 over 2 Type IIIA podium-style building with a single underground parking level.
178.500 gsf residential
1,500 gsf retail
108 parking spaces
Pursuing LEED Silver