A rendering of Hall McKnight’s winning design
In late 2014, Gallaudet University entered into an agreement with The JBG Companies to redevelop four university parcels along 6th Street NE. The first stage planned unit development filed with the Zoning Commission a year later outlined the massive scope of the project — 1,800 residential units, approximately 135,000 square feet of retail and 63,000 square feet of office space, built in four phases.
While the project architect is Morris Adjmi, the university ran a design competition for a portion of the development site. It was announced on Thursday that Irish architectural firm Hall McNight won the competition.
“Hall McKnight’s approach proceeded from reflections on ‘meeting, communing, engaging’ – the foundations of human communication – and proposed dynamic new spaces, both within the University and between the campus and the city,” said a statement. “They sought to create a building that would endure and develop, acting as a ‘vessel’ to be filled with the experiences of its occupants.”
The exact use of the building that Hall McKnight designed is a little unclear, but it will be used as some type of campus space. It will also be the first building to employ DeafSpace principles, outlined here.
The 18-acre redevelopment is currently going through the planned unit development process with the Zoning Commission.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/gallaudet_announces_winner_of_design_competition_for_6th_street_redevelopme/11904.
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