Southwest Waterfront Park House

Eleanor Holmes Norton Park is a privately funded park built in 2017 as a public amenity space, part of Hoffman Madison Waterfront’s The Wharf development in southwest Washington, DC.  The park anchors the southern end of the multi-billion dollar mixed use development.
The 4 acre grounds feature numerous passive and active uses including fountains, seating areas and a bocce court.  The Park House pavilion is the lone enclosed structure.The pavilion is internally split between two levels.  The lower level, accessible from an adjacent driveway to the south, houses electrical and plumbing equipment servicing the park.  The upper level directly faces the park and is equipped with knock-out panels for future use as a park concession kiosk.
Externally, the Park House is clad in Kebony sustainable decay-resistant wood siding, a material used throughout the entire development.  Subtle shifts in the size and placement of the siding accentuate the building’s minimal features, while black steel profiles mediate changes in plane at the facades.

The north facade of the Park House faces a bocce court. The recessed panel on this facade conceals a knock-out panel for future conversion of the pavilion into a park concession kiosk.
At the west side, the Park House aligns with a pathway in matching Kebony wood, leading toward the water's edge.
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