PLACEMAKING & URBAN DESIGN
Site plan: Bjarke Ingels Group
People of Arlington, VA
Research & strategy
Arlington County Planning & Parks
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG Architects)
Outstanding Implemented Plan - American Planning Association, National Capital Area Chapter
The Rosslyn community of Arlington is rapidly urbanizing, creating a squeeze on limited public spaces and natural areas. In a multi-site, multi-stakeholder public-private partnership, how can we design for optimal value on limited land?
RHP+ is intended to create a cohesive park and public spaces master plan that integrates all the public spaces associated with the various components of the site.
Circulation routes diverge and converge around active amenities and reflect the natural procession of pedestrians, residents, and overall users from point to point, destination to destination.
Central Rotational Element
The central active element is rotated for optimal daylight, and along with natural circulation routes, defining various independent programmed regions.
Many of the programmed regions are lifted to create sloped areas for park users to watch a game, read a book, eat lunch, or relax. The slope creates planting opportunities and resulting edges also integrate benches and seating.
Rendering: Bjarke Ingels Group
An open multi-use court makes the most of limited active areas, while serving as a focal point of activity for leisure activities nearby.