Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Few Quick Items: Wharf Center Design, St. Matthew’s PUD, Hirshhorn Multimedia


- The Washington Examiner has some details about The Wharf Center, a 5,000-seat concert hall planned for Phase I of development at The Wharf.  It will be designed by The Rockwell Group, the same designer as LA’s Kodak Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) and would be DC’s second largest concert hall after the Verizon Center.  It would compete with DAR Constitution Hall and Wolftrap’s Filene Center for shows.  From the article:
"We will have a high-quality, marquee venue here, [there's] nothing else like it in the Washington region," said [Monty] Hoffman, whose company is co-developing the $2 billion project with Madison Marquette. "It's going to be unabashedly a rock music hall."
It was reported last month that the developers were in negotiations with the 9:30 Club to operate the venue.  The Wharf Center will be a 135,000 SF multipurpose entertainment and cultural venue on Parcel 2, located near the Maine Avenue Fish Market at 9th Street and Maine Avenue. Wrapped around it will be 494 mixed income apartment units in two towers (292 units in the east tower and 202 units in the west tower), and 39,000 SF of ground floor retail.  In addition, there will be a Combined Heating and Power Facility (CHP).  Construction is planned to begin in the first quarter of 2013, pending approval of the Stage 2 PUD application.

Rendering courtesy of Hoffman-Madison Waterfront


- DCMud covered the second half of the Zoning Commission hearing that occurred this past Monday for the St. Matthew’s PUD.  The article focused primarily on the two individuals that testified against the development planned for Delaware Avenue and M Street (never mind there were over a dozen people who testified in support of it that evening).  Check out the video from the meeting.

Rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes Architects


- As reported in The Washington Post, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is gearing up for a public art display called “SONG 1” by Doug Aitken that will project images on the exterior of the cylindrical museum starting today, from sunset until midnight, and will last through May 13.  From the article:
The continuous visual loop will fracture images, swirl, swoop and transform the already famous building into a 360-degree panorama that viewers can experience any number of ways: at a fixed point watching it all unfold, walking around the building to see what’s occurring at other vantage points; driving by what may seem like a moving two-story billboard on the Mall or from a distance, where it may look like a Vegas spaceship that’s landed on the august expanse of monuments, museums and grass.
The loop will last 45 minutes and will be accompanied by several versions of the song “I Only Have Eyes for You." I Tweeted last week that I saw the Hirshhorn lit up (I guess it was a test run) but didn’t know at the time why.  Check out the Post's photo gallery for much better quality photos than the one I took with my camera phone that night. 

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