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After 15 years, Downtown Silver Spring is getting a big update

A lot of things happened in the summer and the fall of 2004. What sticks out most is the night in August I stood with three of my closest friends at the entrance of a new parking garage in downtown Silver Spring, yet to open, daring each other to go in.

The concrete was still clean and smooth as we strode up the big ramp, our voices bouncing around seven empty floors as we ascended. At the top of the garage, we walked out onto the sun setting over the then- brand new development called Downtown Silver Spring: a 20-screen movie theatre, a Whole Foods, a hotel, a brightly-colored tile plaza with a fountain.

It felt especially surreal for the 16-year-old me, having lived in little-D downtown Silver Spring, land of boarded-up buildings and empty storefronts, until 5th grade. Now there were signs saying “Silver SprUng” (as in, Silver Spring had “sprung”) and even a TV commercial.

Read more Source: After 15 years, Downtown Silver Spring is getting a big update – Greater Greater Washington

A Mirrored Mexican Home Hides Among a Lush Fores

Covered in mirrored glass that’s transparent when viewed from within, the facade of this Mexican forest retreat reflects the color, light, and movements of its natural surroundings.

Located on a lush woodland hillside of Monterrey, Mexico, this reflective retreat—also known as Los Terrenos, meaning The Terrains—has been designed by Mexico City–based architect Tatiana Bilbao, using rammed earth, terracotta clay bricks, and mirrored glass.

www.dwell.com/article/a-mirrored-mexican-home-hides-among-a-lush-forest-2c9d86c7

Pelli Clarke Pelli reveals Japan’s tallest skyscraper

Construction has begun on Japan’s tallest building, a 330-meter-tall skyscraper in Tokyo designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

The building is one of three skyscrapers being designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects for developer Mori as part of the Toranomon-Azabudai district in central Tokyo, where Heatherwick Studio is designing the public realm.

Planned to be approximately 330 meters high, the main tower would be around 30 meters taller than the Abeno Harukas skyscraper in Osaka – currently Japan’s tallest building.

Source: Pelli Clarke Pelli reveals Japan’s tallest skyscraper

11 Grocery-Anchored Developments Underway In D.C.

The developments that have the greatest impact on a neighborhood are often those that bring a new grocery store, offering a new option for residents to make their regular food shopping trips.

Building grocery stores as part of low-rise shopping centers with surface parking lots appears to be a thing of the past in the D.C. Metro area, as developers are now building grocery stores into mixed-use developments with hundreds of apartments that bring a consistent stream of demand.

 The D.C. region is lined with new grocery-anchored developments that will bring retailers such as Wegmans, Whole Foods, Aldi and Trader Joe’s to their respective neighborhoods. From Rockville to Shaw to Southeast D.C. to Alexandria, Bisnow found 11 grocery-anchored developments underway in the D.C. area.

Source: 11 Grocery-Anchored Developments Underway In D.C.

Petworth, Park View Booming With Multifamily Projects, Restaurant Openings

A growing neighborhood in Northwest D.C. that has welcomed a wave of bars and restaurants over the last year can serve as a model for other parts of the city looking to build more development and attract new retailers.

The roughly mile-long stretch of Georgia Avenue from Lamont Street to Upshur Street that includes part of the Petworth and Park View neighborhoods has at least 13 multifamily projects in various stages of development and has welcomed at least 17 new bars and restaurants since the start of 2018, plus a gym, a hair salon and a clothing store.

 The neighborhood will receive a spotlight Oct. 5 when D.C. hosts its first-ever open streets event on a 3-mile stretch of Georgia Avenue, closing the street to cars and featuring various activities for pedestrians.

People who visit the neighborhood for the event will see the new roster of restaurants and a series of construction projects underway, but with a different feel than the other fast-growing parts of the city.

Many of D.C.’s booming neighborhoods, such as NoMa and Capitol Riverfront, feature 12-story buildings that take up entire blocks with hundreds of units, but that is not the case in Petworth and Park View. The zoning classification along this stretch of Georgia Avenue only allows for buildings up to 65 feet tall.

Source: Petworth, Park View Booming With Multifamily Projects, Restaurant Openings

Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins

 

Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins https://www.teamlab.art/w/megaliths_b…

2019 A+Awards Project of the Year: Bosjes Chapel by Steyn Studio

Outstanding Award-winning design that blends perfectly with the mountainous desert environment. So simple but so elegant.

Winner of the 2019 Popular Choice A+Award in the Religious Buildings category, Bosjes Chapel is a modern architectural landmark for South Africa. Masterminded by the talented, London-based firm Steyn Studio, the chapel is defined by its dramatic silhouette, poetically intertwined with the spectacular mountainous backdrop of Breederiver Valley in the Witzenberg Municipality. As a standout winner from this year’s competition, Bosjes Chapel is the recipient of an additional, extra special honor this year: It is one of five buildings to take home the title of 2019 A+Awards Project of the Year.

Steyn Studio’s design possesses all the ingredients found within the world’s most beloved architecture. On the outside, its symmetry and curvaceous nature provide instant appeal in the vein of Fariborz Sahba (architect of the Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India) or Felix Candela, the Spanish and Mexican architect famed for his elegant thin-shell concrete structures. However, it is on the inside that the qualities of this building really shine through: considered detailing allows contrasting materials to meet harmoniously at beautiful junctions.

While its architecture is extraordinary, Bosjes Chapel’s most magical elements are those that you can’t see — it is the atmosphere, full of emotion and serenity, that sets this building apart. Architizer spoke with Firm Principal Coetzee Steyn about the project, the challenge involved in bringing it to fruition, and the impact of the Special Honoree award for his studio.

Source: 2019 A+Awards Project of the Year: Bosjes Chapel by Steyn Studio – Architizer Journal