2021 Professional Awards
of the Potomac Chapter ASLA

1701 Rhode Island Avenue


Jurors applauded the great handling of the approaches to the building with a lot of variation and sense of orchestration. They noted the plant palette and materials selection as being highly complementary of the building architecture.

Honor Award in Design Built

This conversion of the former YMCA National Capital building in Washington, DC into a boutique office transformed the out-of-date hardscaped site into a premier landscape for the surrounding historic neighborhood.

The site plan shows the harmony between streetscape and roof garden while a conceptual rendering evokes the lush plantings of the final design. 

Granite steps are flanked by weathered steel planters with soft plantings as counterpoint to the copper building facade. The client requested that the site be converted into a small meandering garden That drew inspiration from the historic St. Matthew cathedral and adjacent rowhouses.

The converted rooftop amenity terrace and co-working space includes lounge and workstations for office staff to get fresh air and co-mingle. Like the ground floor, it incorporates angular beds with lush planting, providing outdoor spaces with magnificent views across the city. The project is certified LEED Platinum.

Project Team

Akridge Development

Landscape Architect:

Hickok Cole

General Contractor:
Whiting Turner

Alan Schindler

Congratuations to ParkerRodriguez.

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