West Square is designed to reinforce and enhance the existing urban fabric and to accentuate the public space. A strong urban edge is provided while a generous setback allows for a large yet urban green buffer between the residential units and the public realm. The setback encourages wider sidewalks that will enhance the pedestrian experience around the entire block to generate a comfortable and vibrant pedestrian network throughout the neighborhood.
The massing and architecture takes its cues from the building layout strategy and provide a rhythm and articulation that breaks the long side of the block while emphasizing the corners at West First Street and D Street, and West Second and C Street. The scale of the building although modest is further alleviated by the use of three story projections, particularly along West Second Street, that provides a continuous datum of approximately thirty-five feet above the sidewalks. The reduction in height of the building projections helps integrate the building to the overall scale of the neighborhood while keeping a strong identity as the new comer on the block.
Multiple entrances to the building are strategically located to encourage continuous activity around the block. The main lobby and the residential amenities are located on D Street allowing for a more public, transparent façade reminiscent of retail storefronts. The secondary entrances are located close to the corner of C Street and West Second Street for people coming from the Broadway Metro Station; and near the corner of West First Street and D Street to provide a pedestrian connection on that side of the block. The lobbies are recessed from the face of the building allowing a larger open space and are very transparent and give a glimpse into the interior courtyards from the side walk.