ROSSLYN HIGHLANDS

PARK+

PLACEMAKING & URBAN DESIGN

Site plan: Bjarke Ingels Group

YEAR

CLIENT

ROLE

TEAM

AWARDS

2016

People of Arlington, VA

Project lead 

Research & strategy

Community engagement

Project management

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

 

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.

Sloped 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. 

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Rendering: Bjarke Ingels Group

A generous zig zag of the circulation network draws visitors in, creates adjacent programmable areas,

and achieves a graceful universally accessible circulation network.

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