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Montgomery County’s Tallest Residences Could Be Moving Forward

by UrbanTurf Staff

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Rendering for North Bethesda Market II.

It appears that the tallest residences planned for Montgomery County could be moving forward.

Late last week, Friends of White Flint reported that The JBG Cos. will be holding a public meeting on June 10 to “review amendments to previously approved plans” for North Bethesda Market II. Specifically, they are looking to decrease the commercial space and add more residential units.

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As it is proposed right now, the project will consist of 347 residential units in a high-rise structure and a larger complex with 120,000 square feet of retail and 150,000 square feet of office space along Rockville Pike, between Nicholson Lane and Executive Boulevard (map). At about 300 feet tall, the residential building will be the tallest in Montgomery County.

At the beginning of 2013, STUDIOS Architecture and ArchiBIM released revamped renderings of the project, but UrbanTurf learned late last year that it would likely be awhile until work moved forward on the project.

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It is not the scale of the project that excites, but rather the striking design.

The facade is comprised largely of glass, and a couple smooth sides are juxtaposed with blockier aspects which have boxes jutting out at random intervals. One of the cooler features is a cascading pattern of residential terraces that form a horseshoe formation over the rest of the building.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/montgomery_countys_tallest_residences_could_be_moving_forward/8555

1 Comment

  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 1:48 pm on Monday June 2, 2014:

    In the second illustration, it seems that that Studios’ high-rise has sucked all the design oxygen out of this new area.  The buildings in the foreground are standard-issue cheap-n-awful “podium” construction.  Bad proportions, cheap materials, sad historic knock-off.  No effort (even in the fantasy world of a rendering!) to suggest that the fabulous building will have much ripple effect. 

    And yet, blah as the standard-issue stuff is, it comes off as more plausibly pedestrian oriented, the tried-and-true formula of ground-floor, sidewalk-adjacent retail with other uses above.  In the first rendering of the high-rise, we see a courtyard which, in the distance, has some vague promise of attraction (umbrellas, fountains), but whose foreground looks like an upgraded L’Enfant Plaza.

    I just hope that there will be a meeting of the minds here.  The surrounding buildings can maintain the urban formula but be less cheap and dull.  The tower can be more believable in terms of pedestrian urbanity, without being any less fabulous.

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