First look at law firm’s trophy new HQ at The Wharf

Rendering of the entryway to “The Oculus” that links 670 and 680 Maine Avenue Southwest.

“The Oculus” connects 670 and 680 Maine Avenue.

“The Oculus” connects 670 and 680 Maine Avenue.

The penthouse conference room.

Renderings of the terrace at 670 and 680 Maine Avenue SW.

The fitness center.

The fitness center.

The fitness center terrace.


When D.C. law firm Williams & Connolly LLP moves into its new headquarters at The Wharf in 2022, it will be anchoring a pair of stunning buildings on Maine Avenue Southwest.

Developer Hoffman-Madison Waterfront has released renderings of its trophy office buildings at 670 and 680 Maine Ave. Southwest.

The buildings are designed by SHoP Architects and WDG Architects, and will be connected by “The Oculus,” formed by a glass bridge between the towers’ second levels, creating a porte-cochere entrance for the two buildings.

The buildings also include penthouse spaces with Capitol and waterfront views, and private terraces on some floors, as well as 30,000 square feet of retail space planned for waterfront restaurants.

Williams & Connolly signed a 15-year lease for 300,000 square feet in the two buildings — relocating from its Metro Center location, where it has been since 1992 — when the buildings are complete. That leaves about 200,000 square feet still available.

The buildings will join another unusual one underway: a 12-story, curved glass-walled condo building called Amaris, designed by Rafael Viñoly.

Hoffman-Madison-Waterfront, the joint venture of Hoffman & Associates and Madison Marquette, which are codeveloping The Wharf, began work on Phase Two earlier this year.

Phase One of The Wharf, with 2 million square feet of development, opened in 2017. Phase Two will add another 1 million square feet.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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