Project Description

GrizForm Design Architects completed the design for Agua 301, a Mexican restaurant that debuted in 2013. The 4,000-square-foot waterfront restaurant is the latest addition to the historic Lumber Shed Building in Yards Park, part of an ongoing development that blends new construction with adaptive reuse of historical buildings. Helmed by Chef Antonio Burrell, Agua 301 is an intersection of Mexico’s history, culture, and landscape - both old and new.

Working with owners David Bonior, Stephen and Amanda Briggs, GrizForm used Mexican design, landscape, and ancient ruins as inspiration. The design team employed a color palette based on neutrals---sand, taupe, and rich brown---along with natural wood tones that represent the country’s terrain. Other references to Mexico include custom-routed wall panels with a pattern inspired by the ancient city of Teotihuacan; a wood trellis wrapping columns mimics the steep steps of a Mayan or Aztec Pyramid; stucco forms inspired by Mexican architect Luis Barragan, and hues of pink that are reminiscent of the tones found in the sand and clay soil of the deserts.


Scope of Work

New Construction: Including Bar, Dining Room, Private Dining Room and Exterior Patio
Interior Architecture / Interior Design
Storefront Design
Lighting Design
Patio Design
Custom Finishes
Custom Furniture
Custom Artwork
FFE Purchasing
Construction Administration


Square Footage

301 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003