4/11/2011

Update: CityCenterDC, Washington DC: More precision on the Master Plan Architects

Last week, I revealed in a previous post that Foster + Partners announced the foundation stone laid at CityCenterDC, in downtown Washington DC.
The Master Plan Architects are led by Foster + Partners, Shalom Baranes Associates, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and TRG Consulting. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in collaboration with DC-based Lee and Associates acts as landscape architect. Shalom Banares Associates serves as associate master plan architect, project Architect of Record and lead designer of the residential rental buildings.
CityCenterDC © Foster and PartnersGustafson Guthrie Nichol, Shalom Banares Associates, TGR Consulting. Credit: Neoscape
> Planting trees border the rectangular site of the urban block.
Roofs will be occupied by green areas
 The construction is announced to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2013. The office buildings will open first, followed by the condos and apartments.
CityCenterDC © Foster and PartnersGustafson Guthrie NicholShalom Banares Associates, TGR Consulting
Credit: neoscape

CityCenterDC includes the development of Northwest Park, a lively addition to downtown DC, the creation of a Central Plaza, as well as dramatic terraces with green roofs and gardens incorporated into all the buildings.
CityCenterDC © Foster and Partners, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Shalom Banares Associates, TGR Consulting
CityCenterDC © Foster and Partners, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Shalom Banares Associates, TGR Consulting



Who are they?
Foster + Partners aside:
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) is a landscape architecture practice based in Seattle, Washington. Founded by partners Kathryn Gustafson, Jennifer Guthrie, and Shannon Nichol, GGN works throughout the Americas and Asia. Its projects are developed by designers with professional backgrounds in landscape, architecture, engineering, graphics, ecology, and other sciences, express the sculptural qualities of contextual landscape.
GGN offers special experience in designing high-use landscapes in complex, urban contexts. GGN's landscapes are widely varied in type and scale, but they share qualities as healthy settings for diverse and ever-changing activities. The landform of each space is carefully shaped to feel serenely grounded in its context and comfortable at all times — whether bustling with crowds, offering moments of contemplation, or doing both at once.
GGN's recent project awards include multiple ASLA National Design Excellence Awards, Tucker Architectural Awards, and AIA/ASLA Honor and Merit awards for Design. GGN's prominent projects include the Lurie Garden of Millennium Park in Chicago, the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and the new Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus in Seattle.

Shalom Banares Associates, PC is a Washington, DC-based architectural firm with an acclaimed reputation for its expertise in governmental, commercial, residential and institutional design. The form has played and integral part in shaping the development of the National Capital Region. Shalom Banares Associates' strength and growth have been based on its ability to design and gain approval for complex and challenging projects. The firm provides full architectural services for an impressive clientele including both private and public sector groups.

TGR Consulting is Harry G. Robinson, III, FAIA, AICP, a design professional specializing in architecture, city planning and urban design. His experience in these disciplines spans practice/consultation, teaching, management, leadership and research. Mr. Robinson is a Professor of Urban Design and Dean Emeritus of Architecture and Design, Howard University and recently served as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts

Project information
CityCenterDC will activate the block bounded by 9th, H and 11th Streets and New York Avenue, and bring new life to downtown's East End. It will draw upon the rich, diverse fabric of the surrounding neighborhoods and represent the special qualities that make our city unique.
The rebirth of CityCenterDC as a thoughtfully planned urban development signals a dynamic future for our city, a transformation that balances both beauty and function. It will enhance the civic, cultural and economic opportunities of our city and create a vital, all-encompassing community center where we all can live, work, shop, celebrate, and learn.

Source: evolo and CityCenterDC

Building facts
Project: CityCenterDC
Architects: Foster + Partners, Shalom Banares Associates, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and TGR Consulting
Client: Hines/Archstone-Smith
Size: 10 acres
Location: Washington DC, USA
Anticipated completion Date: 2013

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