Foster & Partners Breaks Ground on Ten Acre CityCenter in Washington DC

by , 04/07/11

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Construction began this week on Foster & Partner’s CityCenter DC – one of the United States’ largest and most important urban redevelopment projects. The ten acre convention center will be transformed into a mixed-use development that humanizes an otherwise frenetic urban environment with a clustering of four new buildings and a masterplan. Aiming for gold LEED certification in the neighborhood development category, the low-carbon complex will feature a green roof, passive orientation, and lightweight aluminum louvers that will regulate sunlight.

CityCenter DC merges hotels, offices, apartments, restaurants and shops to create the ultimate pedestrian-friendly and low carbon development. By bridging the city’s northern historic district with the southern commercial zone, reinstating 18th century alleyways, and replanting its tree-lined avenues with indigenous species, Foster & Partners introduces a bit of the old DC into this efficient and modern reframing.

The ten acre sweep has been broken into more accessible blocks with a central square and is further expanded with a new urban park designed by Kathryn Gustafson. The landscaping, offices, and apartments have all been oriented to follow the sun’s path, the green roof absorbs water, and 100% of the water used throughout this gargantuan redevelopment project will be recycled. And finally, attractive, lightweight aluminum louvers and vertical shading will keep DC’s hot summer sun to a comfortable minimum.

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1 Comment

  1. monarchrh April 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    So wonderful to see D.C. spreading upward and not outward! The DC metro area is in need of some revitalization and restructuring in order to keep pace with the ever evolving urban environment. Mixed used development is the first stop on the New Urbanism train and it is coming up fast. I’m so happy to see cities comprehending and addressing sprawl issues.

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