In the Works: Multi-Use Project, Walker Road, Harris Building II

Multi-Use Project, Walker Road, Warrenton


This multi-use project design combines classical and modern proportions with a contemporary aesthetic and local materials. The red brick base matches the adjacent buildings and is paired with a light-colored mid-section with large, vertically-oriented openings, a simplified cornice with a hipped eave, minimized fascia and a wood soffit.

To match the adjacent building, we designed slender vertical brick porticos to help break the massing, show entrances, offer privacy on balconies and emphasize a simple rhythm while making a strong modern statement.

The balconies are enclosed with the warm, natural brick as well as a wood floor and ceiling. The railings are proposed to be near-invisible cable rails, slender aluminum posts and a wood handrail that has a natural, soft and warm tactile quality.

The sidewall of the porticos could be carried inside to allow for an accent wall of interior brick on one side of the great room. The height of the porticos allow for transom windows above the sliding glass doors on the fourth floor and skylights may also be added for additional natural light and sky; a vaulted great room ceiling may be possible in these units as well.

The occupied roof terraces are to be developed. An advantage of this design is the stacked residential units offer great simplicity and efficiency with continuous structural and wet walls.

The retail space is proposed as a simple and continuous storefront glazing system offering wonderful natural light, great views, and optimized flexibility. Exterior hardscape and landscaping are to be developed.

Harris Building II


We designed an exciting new mixed-use building that will be an addition to the existing Harris Building I and contribute to the growing vibrancy of historic Old Town Manassas. The building has been designed to be compatible with the historical, cultural and architectural aspects of its surroundings and close consideration has been given to the Historic District Design Guidelines.

We designed this building with a clean and elegant contemporary aesthetic that will complement and enhance the beauty, significance, and value of the adjacent historic structures as well as the entire downtown urban fabric. The building as proposed will provide no separation between existing buildings and no setback to maintain a continuous street wall that will enhance the pedestrian experience.

The traditional material of brick will be used in contemporary fashion by the careful selection of a dark red, neutral gray and natural white. The dark red brick has been selected for the left module to quietly and elegantly complement the mid-tone red of the adjacent building, The Bone Restaurant.

The white brick for the right module will create a stark contrast between the existing Harris Building and the new addition while matching the adjacent white windows, trim and cornice. The center module will be a neutral, mid-toned and earthy gray that will contribute the overall contemporary feel of the entire composition as will the dark, varying proportioned windows, and the dark awnings, trim and cornices.

Awnings, recessed balconies, transparent railings, potential planters, lighting, and other details yet to be designed will create a lively and intimate urban experience.