Anacostia Library / The Freelon Group Architects

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The Anacostia Library creates a civic building of which area residents can be proud. A variety of spaces to meet a wide range of community needs are in the new facility. Spaces include a large public meeting room (for approximately 100 people), two smaller meeting rooms, a children’s program room, as well as smaller rooms for group study and for tutoring. There are shelving areas for print and non-print materials for all ages. Multiple points of access to virtual spaces through the public PCs and wireless access are included.

Architect: The Freelon Group Architects
Location: , USA
Project Area: 22,000 sqf
Photographs: Mark Herboth

The Lacey / Division1

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Architects: Division1
Location: , USA
Project area: 25,000 sqf
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Debi Fox Photography

GGA Offices / Group Goetz Architects

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Group Goetz Architects’ objective for their office 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 sqf 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 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 Platinum from , as the first design office in the Washington, DC area to achieve this distinction.

Architect: Group Goetz Architects
Location: 2900 K Street NW, Washington, DC, USA
Project Team: Lewis J. Goetz, FAIA, FIIDA (Principal-in-Charge), Mansour Maboudian, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP (Principal, Director of Sustainable Design), Rina Li, LEED AP (Senior Designer), Amber Kwansiewski (Project Designer), Laura Madge (Designer)
LEED Coordinators: Gweneth Kovar, LEED AP (Designer), Gweneth Kovar, LEED AP (Designer), Joseph Siewers, LEED AP (Architect)
Contractor: Dietze Construction Group
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: CS Consulting Engineers
Developer: Carlyle Group
Project Area: 16,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Group Goetz Architects

Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s

Exploring modern design and a technological future, the 1930s World Fair’s held in Chicago, San Diego, Cleveland, Dallas, and New York featured architects and industrial designers such as Raymond Loewy, Norman Bel Geddes, Henry Dreyfuss, and Walter Dorwin Teague.  A modern, technological tomorrow unlike anything seen before, the World Fair’s presented visions of the future including designs for the cities and houses of tomorrow with a lifestyle of modern furnishings which were viewed by tens of million of visitors.

Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s exhibition is currently on display at the National Building Museum in thru July 10, 2011. Building models, architectural remnants, drawings, paintings, prints, furniture, along with period film footage are all included within the exhibit.

Ansel Adams Gallery / Group Goetz Architects

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The Ansel Adams Gallery at The Wilderness Society is the centerpiece of a renovation of the existing headquarters in Washington, DC. The renovation included and update and reconfiguration of the office space, energy savings enhancements, new finishes, and the creation of a special gallery for the society’s treasured collection of Ansel Adams photographs.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.

Architect: Group Goetz Architects
Location: ,
Project Team: Lewis J. Goetz, FAIA, FIDA (Principal-in-Charge), Aleksandar Jocic, Derick Williamson
Consultant: HBW Group
Structural Engineer: Brandes & Cassagnol Engineers, PC
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: CS Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Lighting Design: Coventry Lighting
Art Consultant (Exhibition Design) and Graphics: Cynthia Reed, LTD.
Project Area: 3,600 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Group Goetz Architects

Foley and Lardner / Group Goetz Architects

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Group Goetz Architects (GGA) provided full service interior design, architectural, and engineering services to multidisciplinary international law firm Foley & Lardner for their total building renovation into a new state of the art law firm facility. The effort included 210,000 sqf of office space, built in three major phases, over four floors, in approximately 18 months. The project includes a 30,000 sqf Conference Center, a full service Café, and Resource, Records, Document Storage IT, and Reproduction centers.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.

Architect: Group Goetz Architects
Location: 3000 K Street, N.W. ,
Project Team: Lewis J. Goetz, FAIA, FIIDA (Principal-in-Charge), Mansour Maboudian, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP (Principal, Director of Sustainable Design), Amber Kwansiewski (Project Designer), Laura Madge (Designer)
Contractor: Hitt Contracting
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: KTA Group Engineering
Lighting Consultant: MCLA
Structural Engineer: Tadjer Cohen Edelson Associates, Inc.
Audio/Visual Consultant: 11 Communications Group
Art Consultant: Jean Efron Associates
Project Manager: Jones Lang LaSalle
Project Area: 210,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Group Goetz Architects

American University School of International Service / William McDonough + Partners and Quinn Evans | Architects

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How can we design a building that inspires students to dream? This charge— articulated by the dean of the country’s largest foreign service program— guided the design team for this new building on the American University campus.  Serving as a symbol of the school’s tradition of global service, the anticipated LEED Gold certified building provides a vibrant setting for teaching, research and public dialogue.

Architects: William McDonough + Partners and Quinn Evans|Architects
Location: , USA
Design Mechanical Engineer: Taylor Engineering
Mechanical Engineer of Record: GHT Limited
Structural Engineer: McMullan Associates
Daylighting Consultant: Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates
Civil Engineer: Delon Hampton & Associates
LEED Consultant: Sustainable Design Consulting
Fire Code and Suppression Consultant: PEG
General Contractor: Whiting-Turner
Client: American University
Project Area: 75,000 sqf
Photographs: Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners

West Potomac Park to Host 2011 Solar Decathlon


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The U.S. Department of Energy just announced that the West Potomac Park, adjacent to the National Mall between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials will be hosting the 2011 . The event’s permit for the National Mall, the launching pad for the largest solar competition in the world, had been revoked in mid January creating a lot of disruption for the 20 collegiate teams who had put over 18 months of work in preparation for the event.

Here is our previous coverage of the Solar Decathlon.

Video: Keep the Solar Decathlon on the Mall

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Students from the 20 collegiate teams are continuing to raise public awareness in an attempt to keep the on the National Mall in .  They have been building momentum and applying pressure to Secretary Salazar throughout the past month trying to overturn the abrupt decision by the National Park Service who revoked the permit for the on January 11.

Take a look at our previous coverage and full article about the 2011 Solar Decathlon booted off the National Mall.

Watergate Apartment / Robert Gurney Architect

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The Watergate complex, in consists of five buildings sited on ten acres overlooking the Potomac River and was built between 1963 and 1972. Designed by Italian Architect Luigi Moretti, the Watergate is considered one of Washington’s most desirable addresses.

This 1,250 square foot unit is located on the fourteenth floor and was never previously renovated. Compartmentalized spaces with ceiling heights less than 8’-4” high presented the perception of a low horizontal environment. Offsetting these less than optimal existing conditions are spectacular views along the Potomac River looking toward the landmark Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Architects: Robert Gurney Architect
Location: Washington DC,
Project Architect: Sarah Mailhot
Contractor: Added Dimensions
Interiors: Baron Gurney Interiors
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

Lorber Tarler Residence / Robert Gurney Architect

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Located in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood of Washington DC, an existing row house has been reimagined as a modern, light filled urban dwelling for a professional couple. The compartmentalized interior of the existing house was gutted, and the rear façade and porch were removed. Surrounded by buildings on three sides and limited to the existing seventeen foot wide by thirty foot deep footprint, the new floor layout and open plan are intended to provide dynamic interior spaces in sharp contrast to the originally dark, cramped house.

Architects: Robert Gurney Architect
Location: Washington, DC,
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
Contractor: Prill Construction
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Interior Designer: Baron Gurney Interiors
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography

Union Station Bicycle Transit Center / KGP design

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Architects: KGP design
Location: Washington D.C,
Project area: 1,750 sq. ft.
Photographs: Courtesy of KGP design

Town House / Robert Gurney Architect

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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.

Architects: Robert Gurney Architect
Location: , USA
Project Architect: John Riordan
Contractor: Prill Construction
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography

Eastern Market Row House Renovation / David Jameson Architect

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Evoking the image of an illuminated Japanese lantern, a and steel volume is incised into the body of an existing row house. Conceptually a contrast of the light and heavy, acid etched panels are inserted into a self supporting steel frame that cantilevers out of the masonry mass.

Architects:David Jameson Architect, Inc.
Location: Washington DC, USA
Principal in Charge: David Jameson
Project Architect: Christopher Cabacar
Construction: LR Mailloux Construction, Inc.
Project Area: 1,150 sqf
Photographs: Hoachlander-Davis Photography

Solar Decathlon Moved from the National Mall

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The 20 collegiate teams chosen for the 2011 headed to Orlando, Florida last week for the International Builders’ Show where they met with media, exhibited scaled models of their current designs, and had their Design Drawings reviewed – the last stages of preparation, feedback, and red-flags prior to the September assembly at the National Mall in .

In a strange turn of events, the National Park Service and Department of Energy decided to simultaneously announce last week that the Solar Decathlon would not be hosted at the National Mall.   Contestants were blindsided by the announcement to relocate this years U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 competition. The launching pad for the largest solar competition in the world, where contestants are educating the general public about sustainable living and further are held fiscally responsible under competition rules for maintaining and restoring their respective sites to their natural state following the exhibition, is apparently not good for sustainability.

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Stalling Detritus Installation / David Jameson Architect

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The Longview Gallery in Washington DC invited David Jameson Architect to design an installation that investigates the relationship of art and architecture. The gallery space is housed next to the DC Convention Center in the shell of a 1930’s auto repair garage. Conceived as a spatial armature, Stalling Detritus, as the installation is called, creates a gallery within the gallery by weaving steel beam scraps through space that react to the topography of the structure.

Architects: David Jameson Architect, Inc.
Location: 1234 9th St NW Washington, DC, USA
Principal: David Jameson
Project Architect: Ron Southwick
Contractor: Rockville Iron Works Inc
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Alan Karchmer Photography

Arena Stage / Bing Thom Architects

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Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater doubles the company’s previous facilities.  The design by Bing Tom Architects included restoring two historic theaters, Fichandler and Kreeger,  and adding a new experimental theater, Kogod Cradle.  A wood and structure encase all three theaters topped by a sculptural and dramatic cantilevered roof.  Bing Thom Architects thoughtful site design has turned this project into a catalyst in the SW Washington community spurring redevelopment with in the surrounding areas.

Architects: Bing Thom Architects
Location: Washington DC, United States
Principal: Bing Thom, Michael Heeney
Project Director: James Brown
Project Team: Brian Ackerman
, John Camfield, 
Venelin Kokalev, Ling Meng, Michael Motlagh, Francis Yan, Harald Merk, Berit Wooge, Bibianka Fehr, Dan Du, Nicole Hu, Robert Sandilands, Bonnie Thom
, Amirali Javidan, 
Shinobu Homma, 
Derek Kaplan, 
Marcos Hui, Rose Chung
Acoustical Engineer: Talaske
Theater Consultant: Fisher Dachs Associates
Structural Engineer: Fast & Epp
Electrical Engineers: Stantec, in association with Vanderweil Engineers
Mechanical Engineers: Yoneda & Associates
Mechanical Design/Build: Southland Industries
Code Consultant: LMDG in association with Koffel Associates
Glazing Consultant: RA Heintges & Associates
Lighting Design: William Lam
Civil Engineers: Wiles Mensch Corporation
General Contractor: Clark Construction
Construction Manager: KCM, Paeonian
Client: Arena Stage
Project Area: 200,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Nic Lehoux, Courtesy of

1999 K Street / Murphy/Jahn

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The recipient of the 2010 Washington Building Congress – Craftsmanship Award, 1999 K Street aims to provide a work environment in that is responsive to its urban surroundings. Murphy Jahn approached this design focused on filling each work space with natural light. The result is a simple, efficient and sustainable building. 1999 K Street received Certification in 2009.  Follow the break for more photographs and the architects description about the design.

Architects: Murphy Jahn
Location: Washington DC, United States
Lead Designer: Helmut Jahn
Associate Architect: WDG Architecture
Structural Engineer: Tadjer Cohen Edelson
Special Structures: Werner Sobek Ingenieure
MEP: GHT Limited
Client: Vornado / Charles E. Smith
Project Area: 309,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographer: Rainer Viertlboeck