Civic Building at One Veterans PlazaCivic | Exterior
|LOCATION:||Silver Spring, Maryland|
|SIZE:||52,000 sq. ft.|
|ARCHITECT:||Machado and Silvetti Associates, Inc.|
|AWARDS:||2011 IES Illumination Award of Merit|
|2011 AIA Maryland Design Award|
|2011 AIA New England Design Award|
|2011 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Anton Grassl / Esto, © Lam Partners|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Paul Zaferiou|
A monumental frame creates the backdrop for this urban plaza. The proscenium-like frame comes to life through expansive washes of light, while civic pride glows from within.
High-performance asymmetric floodlights, concealed at the civic building’s roof and base, boldly animate the wood-lined arch to announce the great hall entry. Recessed wallwashers highlight orange interior walls and opal fluorescent pendants adorn the prefunction space.
Community involvement and civic pride forged the project. A beloved swath of Astroturf was transformed into the county civic building, landscaped plaza space, and a multifunction pavilion sheltering a seasonal ice rink, arranged as a sequence of active outdoor rooms within the vibrant retail district.
The pavilion itself grabs center stage when a timeclock starts DMX-controlled evening shows. Color-changing floodlights mounted to catwalks on the roof illuminate diffuse glass panels, and are easily accessed for maintenance.
Steplights integrated into concrete benches form a procession connecting with recessed rectangular downlights indoors. Glowing uplit trees contrast softly with building geometries.
All plaza walkways are illuminated without any pole-mounted hardware – fluorescent handrails even light plaza stairs. Integrated lighting that reinforces the plaza’s main axis allows strolling and socializing without clutter.