Given the significant location as a gateway to the NoMa neighborhood, special attention has been paid to the massing of this building. The height of the building steps down from New York Avenue towards Florida Avenue. This creates an urban edge and buffer from the considerable volume and speed of traffic on New York Avenue while mitigating the scale of the intersection and the interior plaza. The double height retail podium angles away from Florida Avenue to open up views of the interior plaza. It is the main volume facing Florida Avenue. This creates the appropriate scale and space for lively pedestrian activity.
A tower element and a dramatic triangular glass volume identify and mark the prominent intersection at New York Avenue and Florida Avenue. This feature opens up dramatic views towards Downtown and creates an architectural landmark for the Washington Gateway development as a whole signaling the emergence of NoMa as a dynamic and vibrant location.