Metal is being used to make a statement at the historic District Wharf in Washington D.C.
A challenge faced in designing District Wharf was incorporating new construction into a historic site, which had been significantly altered over time.The design team needed a material that would unify the metal barges with the sole remaining buildings and decided that insulated metal panels were the best option for five of the new buildings – a distillery and a bar; a doughnut shop and coffee; shop two restaurant buildings, and an operations building.
Washington, D.C. is known as a concrete town to many in the design world, but it is metal being used to make a statement at the historic District Wharf.
One of the main attractions at District Wharf is the Maine Avenue Fish Market, which dates back to 1790 and is the oldest continuously-operating fish market in the country.
District Wharf is also home to a $25 million redevelopment project, completed in the fall of 2018, led by developers PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette. The development includes six new buildings, all of which respond to a historic structure while balancing the funky character of the pier barges.
To match the aesthetics of the barges, Some insulated metal panels at District Wharf are vinyl wrapped, some have a granite finish, and some are even painted with vendor murals to relate to the carnival-like neon signage of the barges. For instance, the interior of the Tiki TNT bar includes a tropical mural painted directly on the Kingspan panels.
District Wharf utilizes more than 25,000 square feet of Kingspan insulated metal panels, including Optimo, a flat wall panel available in a variety of finishes, and KarrierPanel, a universal barrier wall system.