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

Posted By Tafline Laylin On April 7, 2011 @ 10:10 am In Architecture,Green Building,Green renovation | 1 Comment

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Construction began this week on Foster & Partner’s [2] 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 [3] 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 [5], 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 [6], 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 [7] designed by Kathryn Gustafson. The landscaping, offices, and apartments have all been oriented to follow the sun’s path, the green roof [8] 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.

+ Foster & Partners [9]

all images via Foster & Partners [9]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/foster-partners-breaks-ground-on-ten-acre-citycenter-in-washington-dc/foster-and-partners-washington-convention-center/

[2] Foster & Partner’s: http://inhabitat.com/foster-partners-unveil-huge-carbon-neutral-park-for-hong-kong/

[3] LEED certification: http://inhabitat.com/leed-platinum-vancouver-convention-center-has-north-americas-largest-green-roof/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/foster-partners-breaks-ground-on-ten-acre-citycenter-in-washington-dc/foster-and-partners-washington-convention-center-2/

[5] hotels: http://inhabitat.com/hotel-sotelias-green-roofed-tiers-fold-seamlessly-into-the-landscape/

[6] indigenous species: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-forum-homini-boutique-hotel-cradles-africas-evolutionary-history/

[7] new urban park: http://inhabitat.com/seoul-recovers-a-lost-stream-transforms-it-into-an-urban-park/

[8] the green roof: http://inhabitat.com/amazing-green-roof-art-school-in-singapore/

[9] + Foster & Partners: http://www.fosterandpartners.com/News/435/Default.aspx

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