The Avenue, a transit-oriented, mixed-use development in downtown Washington, D.C. sits on Pennsylvania Avenue between historic Washington Circle and the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. Developed on land leased from George Washington University and re-zoned as a PUD in a 3-year process with extensive community input, the 2.6-acre full block site contains Class A office space, luxury residential units and street level retail. A multi-building massing strategy incorporates diverse architectural design elements, responding to variation in the adjacent city fabric, and results in an invitingly open urban plan.
A landscaped courtyard open to residents and the public, maximizes site elevation changes to provide ground level retail servicing without impeding access to the open block interior. All 28,000 Sq. Ft of the public space is made possible by submerging a tractor trailer accessible loading dock below grade. The atypical courtyard configuration introduces generous amounts of light and air into building interiors, and helps break down the overall scale of the development. A garden between the U-shaped apartment buildings is reserved for resident use and a paved, treed plaza adjacent to the office building is open for public enjoyment.
The 10-story, 440,000 Sq. Ft. LEED Gold office tower at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Washington Circle has a three-story, glass-enclosed lobby, and 50,000 Sq. Ft. floor plates. Its radial form gradually steps down to strengthen the unique character of Washington Circle. Its façade uses sculptural relief, in a contemporary expression that reinterprets the surrounding architectural context. A similar design approach can be seen in the 10-story bays articulating the 12–story “Residences on the Avenue”.
This 328,000 Sq. Ft, 333-unit apartment block, bordering 23rd, I and 22nd Streets, corresponds to neighboring residential and campus scales. The two-story I Street lobby offers occupants an unobstructed view from the street to the courtyard beyond. Tenants access elevator cores and amenities (including a health club, community room and business center) at the second floor/courtyard level. This design frees up the ground for 50,000 Sq. Ft. of retail, including restaurants with outdoor seating located at the southern edge where the building sets back from the street to spatially extend the existing Metro pedestrian plaza.