District Hardware relocated from Foggy Bottom to the new Wharf neighborhood to increase its retail space and gain exposure to a new clientele. To renovate the large space, DBI optimized the floor plan, and moving walls and conduits. District Hardware is a True Value reseller, so half of the building space is devoted to the hardware store, while the remainder is shared between a bike shop and the Velo Café, a small in-store eatery that features local coffee and beer. A bike repair shop is tucked under the space’s mezzanine, and offices and support spaces are located upstairs. The street-level café also has a serving window to accommodate patrons grabbing a quick cup of coffee to go.


8,500 SF


Washington, DC


October 2018

Project Team

Natalie Park Design Studio
KTA Group

Photos © DBI Architects, Inc.