Wakefield Manor

Location: Arlington, Va.

Project type: multifamily residential

Client: JA Associates


  • multifamily housing
  • underground parking

This new 15-story, multifamily building creates a gateway to Arlington's Courthouse Metro area. Sited among historic garden apartments, the building is a vertical anchor to the existing context designed by mid-century architect Mihran Mesrobian. The building learns from its historic neighbors through the coupling of classic revival, art deco and early modern architectural styles.

While narrow in profile, the building features a highly sculpted facade with undulating windows and balconies providing a striking geometry that plays on solid verses void. Sculpted stone panels of flora and fauna are inspired by the metal and limestone panels featuring classical ornamentation on the surrounding buildings that was popular at the time of their construction. Rounded balconies with stone bases and upper decorative railings create welcomed personal outdoor spaces for residents in this high-rise building. The new building completes the corner of the block and in doing so creates spatial relationships with pockets of green space as it connects to the adjacent low-rise garden apartments.