Friday, May 25, 2012

new things to look for in DC

It is looking more and more likely that the “Mayan Temple” design (pictured) from STUDIOS architecture is going to become a reality as part of the massive North Bethesda development by JBG and MacFarlane Associates. The county has official signed off on the project, which includes what will be the tallest (and most pixilated) building in the county ringing in at close to 300 ft in height.
In addition to the residential and office towers there is going to be some major retailers. Ground breaking is scheduled for next Winter. [Credit: JBG and MacFarlane]

[Renderings: Vornado/Charles E. Smith]

With the new NPR building in NoMa well under construction, we have finally gotten our hands on the final design rendering from Hickok Cole Architects and just as suspected, it looks very similar to the version sent in by a tipster back in 2010. Once complete next year, the new 330,000 sq-ft space will include all of NPRs reporting and broadcast facilities under one impressive geometric roof.
[Credit: Hickok Cole]

Apparently Crystal City is on the verge of getting a brand spanking new 24 story office building and the site plans are currently under consideration for over 730,000 sq-ft of new gleaming glass space. The development will be on a parcel currently occupied by an old empty 12 story Federal office building that’s a victim of BRAC and would be torn down to make way for 1900 Crystal Drive. Very cool looking cantilever designed roof that will be interesting to see in execution. Much more to come…

With the completion of many of the brand new library building projects all over town, we wanted to check in on the few remaining ones still wrapping up. In addition to the Mt Pleasant and Northeast historic renovation projects, there are also still two more new buildings going up which are scheduled to be completed by early 2012.
The Francis Gregory library being built in SE (pictured above) is a collaboration between Adjaye Associates and Weincek Associates and the distinctive diamond shaped cladding that we saw in the preliminary designs last year is already up, and the interior build out is underway (which includes some pretty awesome furniture) all in line with the early 2012 completion.

Construction of the new Washington-Highlands Neighborhood Library is nearing completion. The new building (above) will open in early 2012 with over 22,000 sq-ft of new community space. Though the buildings look nothing alike, the design is also by the Adjaye and Weincek team.

You may want to start avoiding the area between 9th and 11th street NW for the foreseeable future because today (April, 4, 2011) marks the ground breaking of the massive City Center DC on the site of the old convention center. Developer Hines-Archstone has officially taken control of the 10 acre super block to get started on the long awaited multimillion sq-ft mixed use development.
This project has some serious potential to be an amazing gathering central pedestrian plaza to define the downtown, so we are excited to see the progress!

[Renderings: Shalom Baranes]

Last year the old Florida Rock concrete plant was razed to make way for the million sq-ft Riverfront on the Anacostia, and now we have a bunch of shiny new renderings to see how the new development is going to look. Out are the curvy crescent shaped buildings from 2008, and in are more basic builds with tons of retail and public space.
This development can’t come soon enough to open up the area directly across from Nats Stadium to the riverfront and in that regard, the new plans look pretty decent. The design includes around 40 boat slips and an esplanade and public plaza with space for some type of iconic sculpture. What do you think?

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1 comment:

  1. "You may want to start avoiding the area between 9th and 11th street NW for the foreseeable future because today marks the ground breaking of the massive City Center DC on the site of the old convention center"
    ummm- this was accurate about a year and a half ago! Already about 6 floors of the structure in place, and 4 levels of parking underneath in place...