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Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington DC by Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Article source: Adjaye Associates

Winning the competition to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture has consolidated the practice’s US portfolio with arguably the nation’s most prestigious new building. Located on Constitution Avenue, adjacent to the National Museum of American History and the Washington Monument, the museum will house exhibit galleries, administrative spaces, theatre space and collections storage space for the NMAAHC. As lead designer for the Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup (FAB) team, David Adjaye’s approach has been to establish both a meaningful relationship to this unique site as well as a strong conceptual resonance with America’s deep and longstanding African heritage. The design rests on three cornerstones: the “corona” shape and form of the building; the extension of the building out into the landscape – the porch; and the bronze filigree envelope.

Image Courtesy © Alan Karchmer

Image Courtesy © Alan Karchmer

  • Architects: Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup
  • Project: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
  • Location: Washington DC, USA
  • Photography: Alan Karchmer
  • Client: Smithsonian Institution
  • Structural Engineer: Guy Nordeson and Associates, Robert Silman Associates
  • Mechanical Engineer: WSP Flack + Kurtz
  • Sustainability Consultant: Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Landscape Architect: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
  • Lighting Consultants: Fisher Marantz Stone
  • Acoustics / AV / Theatre / Multi-Media Consultants: Shen Milson Wilke
  • Façade Consultant: R.A. Heintges & Associates
  • Security Consultants: ARUP North America
  • Contract Value: $504m
  • Total Area: 420,000 ft2


Student Center Georgetown University in Washington DC by Ikon.5 architects

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Article source: Ikon.5 architects 

The New South Student Center at Georgetown University is a renovation and addition that transforms an existing mid century residence hall into a vibrant new university living room for undergraduate life. Inspired by the unique ‘Hoya Saxa’ (stones) identity of the Georgetown student body, the center creates an experience of study and casual living spaces carved out of interior and exterior stone edifices. The ‘Saxa’ living wall is a stone clad green wall that provides a natural bio-friendly character to the Great Room that overlooks the Potomac and is one of many design features that assist this project in achieving a LEED Gold certification. Inside the ‘Saxa’ living wall are 12 individual wood clad group study rooms with enhanced video display systems and writable glass partition for students to work on projects together or separately. The Riverside Terrace is an outdoor landscaped area that extends the living space of the Great Room outdoors and overlooks the Potomac.

view of portal from entrance to the Great Lounge, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

view of portal from entrance to the Great Lounge, Image Courtesy © Brad Feinknopf

  • Architects: Ikon.5 architects
  • Project: Student Center Georgetown University
  • Location: Washington DC, USA
  • Photography: Brad Feinknopf
  • Size: 45,000 SF
  • Software used: AutoCad


Union Station Bus Deck Pavilions in Washington DC by STUDIO TWENTY SEVEN ARCHITECTURE

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015


In 2012, Union Station became the new central location for intercity bus travel in Washington DC. The new bus transit center is located in the parking garage, removed from the facilities and amenities of the majestic Beaux Arts masterpiece next door. Studio Twenty Seven Architecture was asked to design a solution that would provide amenities to the bus traveler without requiring them to leave the bus deck.




Horace Mann Elementary School in Washington DC by Marshall Moya Design

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Article source: Marshall Moya Design

The design of Mann Elementary School was conceptualized with a vision to unite indoor and outdoor learning spaces, and to centralize the collaboration of students. The heart of the school is layered with “green” spaces that foster sustainable urban gardening and promote nature-filled learning. The indoor and outdoor structures are intertwined with lush green spaces and botanical gardens that allow students to learn not only in their classrooms, but also outside, fostering curiosity, learning, and discovery.

Image Courtesy Marshall Moya Design


Porter Street Residences in Washington DC by Perkins Eastman

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Perkins Eastman

The Porter Street Residences house visiting scholars participating in various exchange programs administered in the United States by one of Washington, DC’s prominent embassies, in addition to accommodating both permanent and rotating embassy staff. Replacing an existing, outmoded building, the new 63,000 sf facility consists of 27 apartment units, administrative offices, as well as a variety of public spaces including a multi-purpose reception hall, library, cafeteria and private dining rooms, community rooms, lounge, and a fitness center.

Image Courtesy Sarah Mechling / Perkins Eastman

  • Architects: Perkins Eastman
  • Project: Porter Street Residences
  • Location: Washington DC


GGA Offices in Washington DC by Group Goetz Architects (GGA)

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

GGA’s objective was to create a forward thinking workplace for its business with a new paradigm focused on flexible and collaborative space that would be a contributor of a healthful environment and lifestyle. Expanding on a simple program, GGA designed the 16,000 SF offices without walls to improve communication and collaboration, to encourage learning and sharing of information, and to take advantage of the enormous amount of natural light permeating the perimeter glass walls of the space. The commitment to openness started at the highest level in the organization and therefore the workplace has no private offices. The design culminated in achieving LEED® 2.0 Platinum Certification from USGBC, as the first design office in the Washington, DC area to achieve this distinction.

GGA Offices

  • Architects: Group Goetz Architects (GGA)
  • Size: 16,000 SF
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Year Completed: January 2009
  • Photo Credit: GGA Staff
  • Contractor: Dietze Construction Group
  • MEP Engineer: CS Consulting Engineers
  • Developer: Carlyle Group


Town House in Washington, DC by Robert Gurney Architect

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Built like its neighbors, over a century ago and part of a continuous network of buildings in a historical district, this town house has been completely renovated. Regulations required that the traditional limestone facade remain intact. The bottom floor of the facade has been reworked within the existing limestone composition in an effort to provide a separate entrance and storefront for a commercial tenant in the lower level. The rear facade, located in an alley has been completely reworked to provide more light into the building.

Town House ©Paul Warchol

Town House ©Paul Warchol

  • Architect and Entrant : Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
  • Project Architect: John Riordan
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Contractor: Prill Construction
  • Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
  • Photographer: Paul Warchol


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