Washington, D.C. development by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects wins Urban Land Institute award
NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Avenue, a mixed-use development in Washington, D.C., by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has won a Global Award of Excellence from the Urban Land Institute.
Widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious awards program, the competition rewards real estate developments for best practices in design, construction, economics, planning and management. Earlier this year, ULI selected 29 finalists from nearly 200 international entries before narrowing the winners to 14. In addition to good design, the award criteria include factors such as contribution to the community, innovations, environmental protection, response to societal needs, and financial success.
Developed by Boston Properties, The Avenue is an urban town center that connects George Washington University to the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods. Adjacent to Washington Circle, the 1.4 million-square-foot development includes a 12-story apartment building and a 10-story LEED Gold-rated office building. Shops, restaurants, and a Whole Foods grocery store create a vibrant shopping street.
The Avenue establishes a landscaped public courtyard with flowering trees at the center of the 2.6-acre site. This garden is made possible by submerging parking and a full-sized loading dock below grade. A water feature with aquatic plantings anchors the courtyard and helps collect rainwater for irrigation.
Along Pennsylvania Avenue, a three-story glass-fronted atrium joins the office building’s two towers. A grand two-story lobby connects the two towers of the apartment building–the west tower, with a rooftop pool, and the east, which has a rooftop deck. The 335-unit building is set back from the street, creating a lively pedestrian plaza adjacent to sidewalk dining, shops and the Metro station.
Engineering News-Record chose The Avenue for its “Best of the Best” list. The Washington Business Journal named the project “Deal of the Year” for new office and multi-family development.
About Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Founded in 1977 and led by Cesar Pelli, Fred Clarke, and Rafael Pelli, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has designed some of the world’s most recognizable buildings, including the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong. The firm has been honored with critical acclaim and hundreds of design awards, including the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
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